Friday, January 25, 2013

Dreaming UP: A Celebration of Building


Dreaming UP:  A Celebration of Building
by Christy Hale
Lee & Low, 2012.  Unpaged.  Nonfiction

     In this inspiring little concept book, children on the left hand side of the page spread build things that children build--a tower of stacking rings, a geodesic structure from toothpicks and jelly beans, interlocking block structures, and pillow forts.  On the right hand side of the page spread are examples of modern architecture that reflects childhood constructions:  blocks set at angles become Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater; children's sandcastles are reflected in Antoni Gaudi's  unfinished basilica La Sagrada Familia. The art of childhood and the architecture of age are seen in tandem in this lovely little book which appends a section on the architects and their buildings, with pictures and inspirational quotes.

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