If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

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Master of the cut and paste art technique, Giles Laroche takes readers on a storytelling journey around the world that celebrates the diversity of homes and the people who are shaped by them.

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


Author: Giles Laroche
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 10/25/2011
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 11.10h x 10.20w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780547238920
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.6
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 146542 / If You Lived Here: Houses of the World


Review Citation(s):
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2011 pg. 111
School Library Journal 09/01/2011 pg. 136
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2011
Booklist 10/15/2011 pg. 42
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2011
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2012 pg. 132 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Brilliant at bas-relief cut-paper collage, Giles Laroche is the illustrator of several picture books -- including What Do Wheels Do All Day (Houghton) and Bridges are to Cross -- many of which have generated starred reviews and foreign and special sales. He lives in Salem, MA and in the summer moves to an old barn in New Hampshire.