From the Set 21st Century Skills Library
How do you measure poverty? What are the effects of poverty? What can we do to prevent poverty? Learn about poverty and its many faces around the world and to start thinking about what you can do about this global social problem.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.6|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Press|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602791268), Hosted ebook (9781602793583H)|
|Number of Pages||32, 32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
Each book uses the context of an imaginary youth conference to bring together students from six or seven countries to talk about a cultural problem. Although the series title touts a “global” perspective, the texts are more “multi-viewpoint” than representative of the whole world. The uncluttered format includes straightforward, easy-to-read texts highlighted by full-color photographs depicting a variety of cultures. Poverty and Racism do the best jobs of presenting objective information. Racism discusses overt behavior as well as more subtle assumptions, such as lumping people together in groups without getting to know the individual. Although the students discuss various problems that women face in Women’s Rights, the viewpoint remains largely American in comparing the roles and expectations of women in other countries. The cultural and/or religious history of why some traditions are upheld is not explained. Loeb acknowledges educational methods from other countries. However, when discussing Native Americans, their physical abilities are emphasized over their intellectual ones, saying that the “Native Americans taught the explorers and colonists important hunting and survival techniques” and “Christian missionaries taught Native Americans new languages, new forms of art, and new customs.” These books would be useful for debates and class discussions when additional perspectives are needed.
— Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA
Author: Robert Green
Robert Green is the author of many books for young adults. He holds graduate degrees from New York University and Harvard. He learned a lot about globalization while living in Taiwan, where he studied Chinese and worked for the Taiwanese government.
- Going Without
- A Global Snapshot
- China: A Study in Reducing Poverty
- Looking Closer to Home
- A Worldwide Struggle
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- About the Author