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If the World Were 100 People

Written by Jackie McCann

Illustrated by Aaron Cushley

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If the World Were 100 People Synopsis

A thought-provoking introduction for children to the people who live on our planet. There are almost 8 billion humans living on Earth, but it's tricky to picture so many people! So instead, let's imagine the whole planet is a village where 100 people live - each person representing around 80 million people in the real world. So what does our global village of 100 people look like? Are they all grown-ups? Are there more males or females? How many have black hair or blue eyes? What languages do they speak? Who can read and write? How many have access to the internet or have enough food to eat? Does everyone have access to electricity or clean water? This book answers all of these questions and much, much more! Big ideas are broken into bitesize chunks through clever illustration and graphic design. By focussing on just 100 people, it's easier to see the things we have in common, and the things that make us unique. If the World Were 100 People is a perfect introduction about the world we live in for children aged 5+ and a wonderful way to support them in becoming global citizens. Great to read at home or in the classroom. So come and meet the people in our global village, and think about the big questions that affect us all!

If the World Were 100 People Press Reviews

This visually engaging nonfiction picture book begins with a simple conceit: It's tricky to picture 8,000,000,000 people, so instead, let's imagine the whole planet is a village where 100 people live. The upfront prose gently advocates for change where needed: Every year, about a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. That is more than enough to feed the 11 people who are hungry. Bright, eye-catching art by Cushley features an inclusive cast and additional annotated facts. An informative, appealing primer on societal data. US Publishers Weekly Budding mathematicians, economists, sociologists, and ecologists will all find something useful in this percentage-based look at human life on Earth. Reducing the world's population of (roughly) 8 billion humans to a community of 100 souls allows readers to wrap their heads around some pretty big concepts. A colorful cast of unibrowed characters representing the world's population fills each page, and the range of skin tones, hairstyles, garb, abilities, weight, and age will help readers understand just how diverse the human population can be. Educators may find the book a useful addition to their shelves, and the book may serve as a springboard for discussions or projects. Kirkus Reviews Using clear, colorful, and inviting infographics and short, interesting text, this book asks big questions about life on Earth. [...] While other books and educational materials have dealt with thinking about the world population as 100 people, this is an up-to-date invitation to think about important issues we are facing right now. Using the text and infographics, readers can discuss the questions raised, do some additional research, and ultimately take informed action. This is a terrific find for social studies teachers who want to promote inquiry and active citizenship. Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York, School Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405298070
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Author: Jackie McCann
Illustrator: Aaron Cushley
Publisher: Farshore an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Jackie McCann

Aaron Cushley is an illustrator from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He loves drawing and creating work that fuels his curiosity and adventurous side. Most of his work has been influenced by experiences and the world around him. When he's not out walking his dog he's scribbling down sketches of thoughts and images that come to mind. Jackie McCann has worked in children's publishing for many years and is an experienced writer and editor. Jackie loves working on a broad range of books - devising fun books for babies, novelty pop-ups, and beautifully illustrated non-fiction for older children.

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