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|If you lived here : houses of the world|
Author: Laroche, Giles
Takes us inside homes around the world--including log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses, and yurts.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 146542
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 10.60
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 55743
School Library Journal - 09/01/2011 K-Gr 5—This intriguing exploration of homes around the world has something to offer a wide range of readers. Laroche's stunningly intricate bas-relief cut-paper collages take center stage, though the text is cleverly designed to appeal to multiple audiences. Large-font text suitable for sharing with a group appears on each spread, building on the title by inviting readers to contemplate the everyday experiences of living in 16 types of dwellings, from having to "step outside to get from your bedroom to the kitchen" in a dogtrot log house, to being able to "catch fish from your bedroom window" in a Chilean palafitos (house on stilts). Smaller-font text on each page offers additional background on the house's location, construction, and history. The diverse abodes include Spanish cave dwellings, Fujian tulous, Mediterranean whitewashed villages, Mongolian yurts, and even an entirely "green" Dutch floating house. This exemplary title can inspire readers as well as educate them.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2011 Laroche scans five continents for examples of eye-catching, eyebrow-raising domestic architecture that may shake American youngsters out of the house/apartment paradigm. Here children will see single-family homes carved from caves in Spain, a multifamily roundhouse in China, houses perched above water on stilts in Chile, houses floating on pontoons in the Netherlands, and so on. Each pictured style is accompanied by a boxed inset with an introductory paragraph, notes on building materials, location, dates of occupancy and a “fascinating fact.” Illustrations comprise Laroche’s signature cut-paper collage, vivid in depth and detail. The text is simple enough to be used with primary children studying units on shelter, while the images-and oddity-of the edifices will absorb the attention of middle-graders. Whether you dream of painting a mural over your entire house, pulling up a drawbridge for privacy, or dropping a fishing line out your bedroom window, we’ve got a house for you. EB - Copyright 2011 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 10/15/2011 In this inviting picture book, Laroche presents a catalog of 16 homes, from a painted Ndebele house in South Africa to a Chinese tulou, in vibrant, intricate collages layered of hand-cut, hand-colored paper. Each house sprawls across a two-page spread, with illustrative details showing the geography, the inhabitants, and the community, as well as the house itself. The boxed text begins with a child-focused snippet (“If you lived here, you could catch fish from your bedroom window”), followed by bits of information under five headings: “House Type,” “Materials,” “Location,” “Date,” and “Fascinating Fact.” Laroche links the individual entries into a thoughtful whole with interesting comparisons from house to house. The entry on the pueblo village includes a discussion of the absence of doors to keep invaders out, for example. The subsequent entry on the connected barn notes that doors were left out to keep livestock in. With such small connections, Laroche emphasizes the similarities over the differences, making this volume both an informative sampling of domestic architecture and a meaningful representation of global culture. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.