Title: Look Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics
Author: Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan, and Isabel Thomas
Consultant: Stephen Scoffham
Publisher: DK Publishing
Concepts: money, wages, inequality, wealth, scarcity, distribution/allocation, poverty, producers and consumers, wants and needs
Review: Close to seven billion people inhabit the earth, engaging in all sorts of activities to satisfy their wants and needs on a daily basis. While we all share a single planet, people experience an enormous diversity in living conditions, with some populations living in relative abundance and others in total poverty. Over time technology has yielded hitherto unimagined modes of transportation, communication, and networking, along with new products and services to improve the quality of life.
This world fact book presents middle grade readers with a wealth of information about the world's people and how we live. Pages loaded with factoids and lively graphics are organized according to five major themes: (1) the earth's biological and geographical properties, (2) demographic and socioeconomic patterns of people in different societies, (3) economic and political power across countries, (4) trends across industries and markets, and (5) progress in transportation and social networking. Reading just a page a day would follow that old adage that we learn something new every day, particularly with this reference book's emphasis on features that are bound to interest inquisitive minds.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children