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If You Lived Here: Houses of the World Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547238924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547238920
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived.

If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset.
With intricate bas-relief collages, Giles Laroche uncovers the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own.

Showing the tremendous variety of dwellings worldwide—log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses, and yurts—this book addresses why each house is build the way that it is. Reasons—such as blending into the landscape, confusing invaders, being able to travel with one's home, using whatever materials are at hand—are as varied as the homes themselves.

List of Houses included:

Dogtrot log house, based on dogtrots built in the southern U.S.
Chalet, based on chalets built in the Austrian Alps.
Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico
Connected barn, based on connected barns common in northern New England.
Cave dwelling, Guadix, Andalucia, Spain
Palafitos (house on stilts), Chiloe Island, Chile
Palazzo Dario, Venice, Italy
Chateau La Brede, Bordeaux, France
Tulou, Hangkeng village, Yongding, China
Half-timbered houses, Miltenberg am Main, Germany
Greek island village houses, Astipalaia Island, Greece
Decorated houses of Ndebele, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Yurt, based on yurts in Mongolia and other parts of central Asia.
Airstream trailer, USA
Floating house, Middleburg, the Netherlands
Tree house, USA



Photos Taken by the Author of If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
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I will use this pencil drawing of a New England style connected barn as a guide to make my cut-paper relief illustration.

Here we can see below the drawing some of the sections under construction.

The main house section is put in place.



The large barn is connected to the small barn.

The roof shingles are added to the large barn.

Oxen, horses, cows, ducks, geese, chickens, and people are added to the finished illustration.


Review

"This exemplary title can inspire readers as well as educate them."—School Library Journal, starred review

"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."—Booklist


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In the back of the book is a worldwide map indicating where one can find these houses.
D. Fowler
The illustrations provide an amazing amount of detail, the paper collage is stunning perfect for sharing.
Heidi Grange
I ordered this book to use in conjunction with an art lesson for my son's 1st grade class.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Another beautiful book of illustrations from such a talented artist, travels the schools year after year opening new doors for children. I got to see his talents way back in the early 90's at the brand new John J. Shaughnessy elementary school in Lowell, Ma where he did some outstanding work and came across this new one, "If you lived here: Houses of the world"
and had to have it for the new C.W. Morey elementary school, the newest school in Lowell, Ma. Would love to someday get him to do the same here as with the Shaughnessy, this book is a great educational tool for classroom teachers and it just an amazing example of paper cutting art. A keeper!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 22, 2011
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With beautiful cut paper illustrations, Giles Laroche examines different types of houses, from a dogtrot log house to a family tree house. Children ages 5-8 will love to explore different dwellings around the world, complete with fascinating facts about each type of house.
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By Jordan River on June 25, 2014
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What a great little book! I was very pleased with this book. It gives you and your child(ren) an idea of other types of homes people live in around the world!
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perhaps this book is intended for older children, but I had gotten it for some 4-6 year olds and I think there was too much text and unfamiliar vocabulary. The pictures are wonderful, colorful and detailed and interesting, so I like it and will use it.
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review by John M., age 8, North Texas Mensa

I read the book If You lived Here Houses of the World by Giles Laroche and it was about houses all over the world and the way people live in them. I liked it a lot. I even used some of the examples when I played on minecraft! The pictures look really cool, like claymation almost. If you like to build or learn about others I would recommend it for you. There were lots if interesting facts in it. My favorite was the floating houses in the Netherlands. It would be really cool to live on a moving house!
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By Desert Mom on March 30, 2014
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I ordered this book to use in conjunction with an art lesson for my son's 1st grade class. It has wonderful graphics, informative text, and is really spot-on for kids ages 5 to 8. It really enhanced the lesson with information about variations in world culture, history, geography, and architecture. I let the teacher keep it in her classroom for a few weeks so that the kids can explore it further. I think all kids of this age would find this book really captivating!
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This is such a great supplement to youth cultural studies. The facts are interesting and not something most would learn unless they visited abroad. Having the detailed images accompanied by the textual facts as a side note if perfect for engaging younger children.
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