If America Were a Village

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-55453-344-2 | Aug 1, 2009 List Price:
USD $18.95, CAD $18.95

4-color • 9 x 12 • 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

America, with all its diversity, is not easily defined. David J. Smith’s If America Were a Village takes a snapshot — past, present and future — to help define America for children. Using the same successful metaphor of the international bestseller If the World Were a Village, the book shrinks down America to a village of 100. The metaphor helps children easily understand American ethnic origins, religions, family profiles, occupations, wealth, belongings and more. Shelagh Armstrong’s expansive illustrations imagine America as a classic, vibrant small town. Who are the people living in this vast and varied nation? Where did they come from? What are they like today? How do they compare with people in other countries? The book’s simple statistical analysis provides a new way of learning about where people live in America, the state of their health, the shapes and sizes of families, what they use and more — forming a concise picture of a country.


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Educational Resources


Cultures, Local & Global Community
American geography
Global awareness
Human geography


Guided Reading
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America   citizenship   community   geography   global awareness   multiculturalism   scale, proportion, and quantity


Teaching Guide

Reviews & Awards


“The premise isn’t new, but it's never been used to better effect for deepening the understanding that children have about the 306 million (and counting) other people with whom they share this land.”
Kirkus Reviews, July 2009

“A whole new way to think about our country.”
Booklist, September 2009

“… ideally, it will inspire deeper thought and consideration …”
School Library Journal, September 2009


2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, NCSS-CBC, Winner