Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

If the World Were a Village

If the World Were a Village

Fall 2009 DVD
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
The 2002 book If the World Were a Village is brought to life in this thought-provoking DVD beautifully narrated by Jackie Richardson. Based on a world population of 6 billion + people the question is asked: If the World Were a Village of 100 people, what would it look like?

In the village of 100, for example, most would be from Asia and only five from North America. In the village of 100, 39 people would be under 20, 42 people would be middle-aged from 20-49, 18 would be more than 50 and only 1 would be over 80. Half of the people would speak 8 languages - with the most speaking Chinese. Thirty-two would be Christians, 19 Muslims, 13 would worship at a Hindu temple, 12 would follow folk religions, 6 would be Buddhist and there would be one person of Jewish faith.

The book examines other aspects of culture - how many would be rich, how many will go hungry and how many will have no school to attend.

The stats are fascinating. Not only would any social studies, geography, civics or history classes benefit from taking a class break to watch this, but your child at home will suddenly see the world in a new perspective. It shows the world without judgment - strictly from the numbers - and with that comes the feeling that whatever our circumstances in life, we are just one group among many in the world.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

Look for this product at:
Master Communications, Inc.
Major, Specialty & Online Retailers

Share This