Skipping Stones 2019 Honors Award
“Globalization is a word that changes everything for curious young minds. Globalization: Why We Care about Faraway Events breaks down the complicated meaning of this word. Simple comics and one-liners explain the way technology drives this phenomenon and how this all affects global economies, society, and governments. This book is perfect for a classroom or an individual student. It provides both realistic and cartoon examples of complex issues like trade and the economy. Relatable characters struggle with classroom problems like whether to trade Asian pears for African cookies, and how the world places monetary value on these items for trading purposes. Does this sound complicated? It should because it is. If you want to know more, join our characters as they learn about globalization right at home. . .”
School Library Connection
"Colorful cartoons, photos, and an eye-catching layout make this book an appealing resource for readers. The book also contains numerous activities to engage students in learning as they read. Each chapter features a variety of additional features including “Vocab Lab,” “Key Questions,” “True News” highlights, QR codes linked to primary sources, and suggested ideas for further investigations. A glossary and list of websites for each chapter are listed in the back. The QR codes are reliable, although some link to articles with a target audience higher than the book itself. The book has taken a complex subject and introduced it in a way that younger readers can understand. Recommended"
School Library Journal
"The relationships among citizens, countries, and cultures around the world take center stage in this accessible exploration of global events that presents multiple perspectives. Topics include trade and finance, politics, cultural divides, and legal systems and laws. . . Full-color photographs, as well as cartoon strips illustrated by Carbaugh, accompany the text and do a fine job in bringing difficult concepts to a level of understanding for a wide range of readers. The title also works as a teacher resource for classrooms. VERDICT A comprehensive social studies selection for middle and high school collections."
Detailed Book Description
Have you noticed that our planet is becoming increasingly connected?
In Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events, kids ages 12 to 15 focus on the definition of globalization and discover how technology drives globalization, which affects economies, political systems, human rights, and cultures around the world. The book also explores the future of globalization and discusses issues the global community might face in coming years.
- Readers hear news stories about globalization on a daily basis.
- Investigating previous events in the world's history can help students understand the causes and effects of current events.
- Uses links to online primary sources to imbue readers with a curiosity about the topic and engage in further, independent inquiry.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The World Cup on a Global Stage
What Is Globalization?
Money in a Global World
The Global Rules of Trade
In the Name of the Law
Crossing the Cultural Divide
The Future of Globalization