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
Grades K-3. In this inviting picture book, Laroche presents a catalog of 16 homes, from a painted Ndebele house in South Africa to a Chinese tulou, in vibrant, intricate collages layered of hand-cut, hand-colored paper. Each house sprawls across a two-page spread, with illustrative details showing the geography, the inhabitants, and the community, as well as the house itself. The boxed text begins with a child-focused snippet (“If you lived here, you could catch fish from your bedroom window”), followed by bits of information under five headings: “House Type,” “Materials,” “Location,” “Date,” and “Fascinating Fact.” Laroche links the individual entries into a thoughtful whole with interesting comparisons from house to house. The entry on the pueblo village includes a discussion of the absence of doors to keep invaders out, for example. The subsequent entry on the connected barn notes that doors were left out to keep livestock in. 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.