Monday, March 4, 2013

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World


If You Lived Here:  Houses of the World
by Giles Laroche
Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  Unpaged.  Nonfiction.

     Employing "intricate bas-relief cut-paper collages," Giles Laroche draws children into the worlds of different kinds of houses in different times and places.  In addition to the charming pictures, almost every double-page spread includes a list of information:  house type, building materials, location, date when that style of house was popular, and a fascinating fact (e.g., streets in Greek villages on the Aegean Sea were laid out in maze-like patterns "to confuse pirates and other invaders").  Treehouses, log cabins, modern-day cave dwellings, and fortress chateaux are a few of the many housing styles so artfully presented here.  A lovely, horizon-broadening book.

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