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If: A Mind-Bending New Way of 
Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
David J. Smith
A Mind-Bending New Way
Of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers
Pub Date Aug 1, 2014
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This Child, Every Child: A 
Book for Children About the Rights of Children
This Child Every Child
David J. Smith
A Picture Book About
The Rights of Children
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If the World Were a Village SECOND EDITION
If the World Were a Village

David J. Smith

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If America Were a Village
If America Were a Village
David J. Smith
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Most Recent Trivia Answers

Check here for answers to the Mapping the World By Heart and Geography Trivia Questions posted on Facebook and Twitter.
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ANSWERS (usually a few days ahead so if I miss a day I'm not behind)
Oct 19: Atlanta, Georgia; Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Oct 20: Uluru or Ayers Rock
Oct 21: Baton Rouge (LA), Carson City (NV), Des Moines (IA), Jefferson City (MO), Little Rock (AR), Oklahoma City (OK), Santa Fe (NM), St Paul (MN).
Oct 22: Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 23: Answer here Oct 23

Note that answers are only shown here for 4-5 days, and are then available at the Trivia Archive Page


Here's a link to the Trailer for
"IF: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers". Click here

This is a review from the NY Times for 13 August: Click Here

And HERE is a review from a home-school mother.

And Click Here for a lovely review from KidsReads.com, part of the Book Report Network, a review site for books for children.

Click cover image to the left to go to amazon.com to read reviews and to order.

Don't want to order from Amazon? THIS LINK will take you to IndieBound, to order from an independent bookseller near you.

The Canadian National Reading Campaign posted this great review

The California Reading Association gave "IF" its Eureka Gold Medal

Here's a blurb From Publisher's Weekly -- See the first paragraph. This new book of mine is a "category killer", and "there's really nothing else like it out there, every page is a lesson plan".


19 to 26 October, 2014

Worldmapper Cartograms
This remarkable site contains around 700 maps that show a huge range of subjects of interest. The maps are cartograms, where the size of each country is increased or decreased according to the subject. From this page, click on "A-Z Map Index" to start exploring. Really addictive.
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 18-year archive of hotlinks.

Recently Posted

** Jessie Voigts, of Wandering Educators, interviewed me for her blog. Watch the interview. About 10 minutes.
** Here's a detailed article followed by an interview. Read it here
** Or check out this blog entry about Dot Day and Celebri-dots, which you can read here
** You may be interested in this interview of David Smith posted by author Lois Peterson on her Blog. View it Here

Author Visits and School Consultations

David Smith has provided all kinds of school consulting, for more than 22 years. He does assemblies and classroom visits, and also provides in-service programs for teachers, and evening programs for parents and families. He also does a great many on-site or virtual author visits. "I love to do classroom visits, and I do them in-person, via Skype, via mail or text, and fees are low." For information about these services, please click here to contact David by email.

CitizenKid Central

Kids Can Press has created a new starting point for finding out about the children of the world,
and for learning about what we can do to help those who need help.
The site can be accessed by clicking here.
Study Guides for If The World Were A Village:
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 1
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 2
From the U.S. National Security Agency, A collection of classroom activities based on collecting and showing data

The Centre For Child Honouring

Click here to read about the Centre for Child Honouring; or click here to read Raffi's Covenant For Honouring Children.

MAPPING.COM: Resources, Materials, Ideas, and Fun About Geography


A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking At Big Ideas and Numbers

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"Imagine if you could condense all 3.5 billion years of life on Earth into just one hour. If you could, the dinosaurs wouldn't show up until the 56th minute of the hour, and they'd be gone three minutes later. Modern humans shamble into view in the last 2/10ths of the last second."

"In If, David J Smith, author of the bestselling If the World Were a Village scales down big imponderables -- from the huge scope of human and geoplogical history to the size of our planet and galaxy -- with surprising results."

View and Purchase This Featured Wall Map

The Tyvek World Map An indestructible and very beautiful wall map, a great addition to any wall, and perfect when working with children because the material is recycled plastic, and the map can't be ripped, damaged by tape, or otherwise damaged.


Visit the Fablevision "Mapping The World By Heart" page

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The Mapping the World By Heart Curriculum & Consulting Services

YouTube Video Trailer Regarding Mapping the World By Heart

Mapping the World by HeartMapping the World By Heart is both a curriculum and a consulting service. Learn about the author's consulting services, including:

• workshops
• school assemblies and author visits
• in-service programs for teachers
• curriculum audits
• website evaluation
• credit-bearing summer institutes

David Smith travels the globe sharing his enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning about our world community.


"Before, when I heard the name of a country, I just thought of it as a name, and it didn't really matter to me. After you do a memory map, it's kinda neat because you can picture it in your mind, not only that country and what it's like there, but everything else around it. You have a map in your head wherever you go."  - Seventh Grader, Belmont, MA

A completely revised new edition is now available from the extraordinary people at FableVision »

What is If The World Were A Village?  Click play button "" to view a short video trailer

View trailers like this about each of the books from the CitizenKid series »

Listen to David Smith talk about the story behind the book »

If The World Were A Village DVD

The animation of If The World Were A Village is available as a DVD or as a VHS tape, in English or in French, at reasonable prices.

To see a clip from the video, please click here.

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If The World Were a Village
(DVD in English)

Si el Mundo fuera una aldea
(video in Spanish)

Si le monde etait un vilage
(video in French)

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19 to 26 October, 2014

Worldmapper Cartograms
This remarkable site contains around 700 maps that show a huge range of subjects of interest. The maps are cartograms, where the size of each country is increased or decreased according to the subject. From this page, click on "A-Z Map Index" to start exploring. Really addictive.

12 to 19 October, 2014

40 Maps That Explain the World
In August of 2013, the Washington Post published these fascinating thematic maps -- everything from a political map of the world around 200 CE, to where people are most and least welcoming to foreigners, to major religions, to a 1908 Missionary Map of Africa, to tolerance, to where people smoke the most and the least, to global crop yields, and much, more more. Spend some time here

5 to 12 October, 2014

Map Lessons
The people at Rethinking Schools provide a number of thoughtful and well-designed games on their website. This one is a geography game -- you're given a map of North Africa and Southwest Asia, and all you have to do is drag the names to the correct countries. For most people, some are easy, some dificult. Fun to do a few times, and by repetition to learn some new names on the map. You'll find a few other activities and downloadables at their games and more page

28 September to 5 October, 2014

Map Lessons
This page, at the Education World website, provides five lessons for teaching about geography, maps, landforms, and more. Contents include Create a Country, Global Economy, Comparing countries, Memorable Maps, and Earth at Night. Lots of useful content here.

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