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If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children, historical-fiction, nonfiction, picture-books
Read in April, 2012

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 intent is to show houses that are far removed from the ones in which a child reading this might live in (most are from different time periods as well). I found the houses really fascinating. Each house has a little fun fact and some historical information. But what's best about If You Lived Here: Houses of the World is probably the illustrations. They're very intricate papercut collages that show a lot of detail. This would be a good book for a first or second grade classroom.

Ages 6-8
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