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If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

by Giles Laroche

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Review: This book explores different places in the world to live. it provides explanations for what you do in those places as well as what the house would look like.
Critique: This is a good informational text because it provides several different forms of living that people can partake in. It is also a good informational text because students can put themselves in the different places and lifestyles of the world. ( )
  lbenfield15 | Mar 6, 2017 |
an informational texted that discusses all the different places that people live: what their houses look like, the materials they need to build those houses, and some facts about that area.

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  Bradley08 | Feb 7, 2016 |
If You Lived Here is an informational book that goes through many different structures of homes. For each house, the book discusses it's type, materials used to make it, where you would find them, when they were used, and a fascinating fact. At the end of the book, there is a map that shows where each type of house is/was located.
  Jcadd13 | Nov 11, 2015 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:05 -0400)

Features detailed, bas-relief collage spreads of dwellings in other world regions and historical times to explain how different people live and have lived, from a village house in South Africa to a floating green house in the Netherlands.

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