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If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

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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 N ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 25th 2011)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I have to admit, I didn't think this would be terribly interesting when I first picked it up. However, I was pleased to find that I learned a few things and enjoyed the detailed cut paper/collage illustrations. For one thing, the very first type of dwelling shown is a type of log cabin called a dogtrot. Now, I'd never heard of this, nor do I remember ever hearing it described in historical fiction. Yet, according to Laroche, this type of log cabin was very popular in the south and west in the 18 ...more
"If You Lived Here: Houses of the World" by Giles Laroche is a nonfiction book describing all of the different types of houses from around the world. This book highlights multiculturalism and gives the reader a feel for what it would be like to live in that particular place and style of home. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. Some of the pictures are so pretty, I could imagine them being decorations in someone's home.

I really appreciated how each page included a small description o
This book invites readers to explore the different types of houses that are lived in throughout the world. Beginning with the phrase, “If you lived here…” the book then describes some unique features of that particular type of home. There are homes that you would have to go outside to get to the kitchen, others where you would not have to go out to even get to the barn, others are built around caves, still others are close to water or surrounded by it. The book then defines the type of house, wh ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 5th, 2014

Author: Giles Laroche

Title: If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

Plot: Giles Laroche's picture book focuses on different architectures, cultures and houses located allover the world.

Setting: Various Settings

Characters: No characters identified (just various locations around the world; the houses are the focal point in this book).

Point-of-View: Second-Person

Theme: Lifestyle

Style: The picture-book is set up like a informational book. Each page (or every few pages) featur
• Organization: brief easy-to-read overview with more detailed information for more interested readers below
• Consistent text features: House Type, Materials, Location, Date, Fascinating Fact
• Informational—I had no idea of the existence of a dogtrot, connected barn, or tulou
• Some comparison/contrast—dogtrot vs. chalet, yurt vs. airstream trailer
• Excellent mentor text for 2nd person writing; the repetition of the phrase “If you lived here…” invites the reader to imagine himself in
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile Level & Age Group: NC1170L & 8-10 year olds

Pages: 32

The is wonderfully illustrated book shows readers what it is like to live in 15 different houses all over the world. Each 2 page spread gives the reader very detailed illustrations of the homes, the landscape around the homes, how the people dressed and the transportation that is used. The author gives precise information about what the homes are built out of and when they first started being used by humans. Readers learn
I'll take one each of these houses so long as I don't have to clean them or pay taxes on them.

A lovely introduction to homes of the world with just the right amount of text and wonderful full-size collage illustrations.
Kristine Mathias
Content Statements
1. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family.

2. If you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset.

3. If you lived in an ancient Greek village your house would look almost identical to your neighbors house.

This is a wonderful book full of facts about home from all over the world. It not only has beautiful illustrations but explains why each hom
Allison Henckel
What would it be like to live in Greece or Africa? Depending on where you live in the world you may have a different shelter. Laroche tastefully depicts 15 different kinds of homes and where they might be built, their purpose and unique characteristics.

I could see myself using this text in two ways. The first would be to introduce the idea of cultural diversity. I could talk about how people live in different places and ways. The second approach would be to discuss different forms of media with
In this informative book, paper collage illustrations interest the eye while varying degrees of text tell the reader about what it would be like to live in these houses. Each house is accompanied by a quick, descriptive paragraph telling the reader where their bedrooms would be, what the different floors could be used for, and what kind of environment would be just outside. If someone wanted to know more about each house, the author includes information on materials used in construction, where t ...more
Mackenzie Beals
This book is fascinating! It shows houses all over the world from different time periods. Each page includes information about: the house type, materials, location, date, and other facts. At the end of the book there is a map of the world. The map shows each house that was featured in the book so you are able to get a global perspective of the houses. The illustrations are so realistic that it looks as though they pop off the page. They are intricate bas-relief cut paper collages involving many ...more
The is wonderfully illustrated book shows readers what it is like to live in 15 different houses all over the world. Each 2 page spread gives the reader very detailed illustrations of the homes, the landscape around the homes, how the people dressed and the transportation that is used. The author gives precise information about what the homes are built out of and when they first started being used by humans. Readers learn where these homes are located and what a typical day would be like living ...more
EVERY PAGE IN THIS DELIGHTFUL NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOK offers a unique view into a different type of home, the reasons behind its design features, and a brief history of its people. Stunningly beautiful collage illustrations, loads of detail, interesting facts and figures, and just the right amount of information come together to make this a book that will both captivate and educate readers of all ages.
Each two-page spread is dedicated to a different type of house; examples include an early Am
This non-fiction book is one of the best children’s books I have seen in a long time for several reasons. To start off, the author and illustrator did a wonderful job at researching how these homes were built, when they were built, and with what materials they were built, even though some of these houses date back to prehistoric times. Each home from around the world is described in text and always starts off with the phrase, “If you lived here.” Then, the following facts are given for each of t ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 05, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who appreciate seeing houses of people around the world & through history
Oh, I loved this book. As a kid it would have provided endless hours of entertainment. Since I’ve been about 4 years old I’ve been fascinated by houses, and I’d say at ages 9 and 10 this would have been a favorite book of mine.

If this were not a picture book of typical length but a book of a couple hundred pages, I’d have given it 5 stars for sure. I wanted more, much more.

For each type of house, except the last one, this information is given: house type, materials, location, date, and fascinati
When I hear "If You Lived Here: Houses of the World," I imagine typical houses around the world from the current time period: suburban tract homes, apartments/flats, houseboats. But Giles Laroche travels through different time periods in this book, and most of the houses are pretty fantastical--a Swiss chalet, a castle with a moat, a tulou (round donut-shaped house) in China, a "green" waterborne house in Australia. A few are more typical: a yurt, cave dwellings, etc. But for the most part, the ...more
I have to say that I loved this book. Maybe it's my love for learning about other places and people, maybe it's the absolutely amazing illustrations, but this is a book that I will go back and reread many times just to learn new things every time. I appreciate the fact that all of the types of houses Laroche highlights actually exist. The illustrations are of actual houses. I was impressed with the sheer variety, everything from cave dwellings to tulous (my favorite type: could be round, square, ...more
Each two page spread of this book offers a new building or type of dwelling from a different area of the world that is beautifully illustrated in the intricate depth and precision of layered cut paper. Each picture would hold a child's attention while giving detailed information about another culture and way of life, allowing students to step into the shoes of other people around the globe.
This book shows the different types of houses people might live in around the world. Illustrations are done with cut-paper collages that depict a great amount of detail. Each page describes the house type, materials, location, date, and a fascinating fact. The back matter also includes a map of the world numbered with where each style of house is located.
Joanne Zienty
I enjoyed this 2015 ISLMA Bluestem nominee, but I'm not so sure that kids will be equally enchanted. I'm particularly a sucker for Laroche's intricate, cut-paper collage illustrations - and that's what I think will pull a young reader's attention. Would make for a great compare and contrast activity - yes, always thinking Common Core!
Mrs. Knott
2015 IL Bluestem Nominee
This book was amazing. I could see how it would really appeal to my younger self. I can see my younger self staring at the pictures and imaging living in these homes and the life I would live! This book can be used for a variety of ages. All children will POUR over the pictures of these different homes. Younger children will enjoy listening to the basic information provided about each house. Older readers will enjoy the details about each home and the regions you can find
Pat Salvatini
Each page offers a look into a unique home, both current and historical. The cut-paper collages are visually interesting and the large test easy to read to a large group. The smaller text gives additional information on each structure, ranging from materials, locations, dates, and fascinating facts.
Chelsea Cotton
Giles Laroche takes you on a tour of houses through rich detail and beautiful paper collage artwork. Readers learn about unique houses around the world, houses from presented day and the past. Each page includes a detailed collage of the house, a brief description including the location and time era, materials used, and interesting facts.
Kelsey Walker
-tells you about different kinds of homes all over the world
-new vocabulary is introduced
-very informational
-fun fascinating facts about the different homes and how they relate to the country or location they are in
-great for grades 3-5
The author/illustrator provides an exterior view of 15 houses from around the world, ranging from a a cave dwelling formed from soft rock to a dogtrot log house with a porch that separates different sections to palafitos (houses on stilts) that rise above the ocean. He even includes an illustration of a tree house and one that floats on water and can be rotated mechanically in the Netherlands. The illustrations, which consist of bas-relief cut-paper collages, are filled with enough detail to int ...more
Awesome idea and illustrations. Could have included more parts of the world (only one from Africa and South America, none from Australia) but still a 5-star book.

Dogtrot/possumtrot log house, chalet, pueblo, connected barn, cave dwelling, palafitos-house on stilts, Venetian palace, chateau, Fujian tulou, half-timbered townhouses, whitewashed village houses in Greece, decorated houses of Ndebele, yurt, airstream trailer, floating house, treehouse.
Wonderful illustrations of real houses all over the world. Comfortable, easy-to-read text with interesting facts and details. Not too much information, so not too long to read as a bedtime story!
What a fascinating book about homes around the world! I absolutely loved the collages featured on each page and found myself pouring over each one to notice each detail. I know my students will be fascinated by this and cannot wait to share If You Lived Here with them.
4.1 stars

It's a great nonfiction book about types of homes throughout the world. The illustrations are done in incredible detail with cut paper collages.
Very interesting view of how people around the world and thru history made their homes. Good for a 4th grade class :)
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