Material World: A Global Family Portrait

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A fascinating living geography book that highlights families around the world, pictured in front of their houses with all their possessions. Used in all of the Visits To… geography notebooks. See full description →

SKU: matwor-p Category: ISBN: 9780871564306


In Material World an award-winning photographer traveled the world and took pictures of families standing outside their houses with all of their possessions beside them.

Plus, the author includes first-hand accounts of his time with the families and provides candid photographs and notes that give an even deeper peek into various cultures. It is amazing what valuable ideas can be discovered by seeing each family member’s favorite possession, what they hope to have in the future, and what daily life is like in countries around the globe!

This book, Material World, and its companion volume, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, have been on my coffee table for years. I’ve watched people of all ages be drawn to the large, colorful photographs and fascinating notes over and over again.

That’s why those two books are featured in all of the Visits To… geography notebooks. They are the two mandatory books needed to complete that series and will give you many years of wonderful living geography studies for all of your students.

Parental Advisory: Three photos in the book contain National Geographic-style partial nudity, providing an authentic representation of the culture in those areas of the world.

Additional information

Weight2.8 lbs
Dimensions12 x 9 x 0.6 in




Trade Paper


Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Lesson Plan

Early Modern & Epistles, Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt, Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece, Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles, Modern Times & Epistles, Revelation

1 review for Material World: A Global Family Portrait

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie W

    This book is fascinating and intrigues my children (and me!) with its vivid photography and first-hand descriptions. Especially helpful to inspire a heart for missions and an appreciation for the physical blessings we take for granted and have an opportunity to steward well.

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