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Children's LiteratureFrom start to finish, the lively text and vivid full-color photographs detail the building of a Frank Gehry-designed building in Cambridge, MA. The dramatic photos are taken from a variety of angles and show both people working and materials being put in place. Well-designed pages feature brilliant orange, blue, or yellow backgrounds for text, allowing readers to refer to a bar of text defining those words. Exhortations ("Watch your step!," "Careful now!") encourage adults to remind readers to stay alert. There is more to talk about in the pictures than there are words in the text, a happy thing for multiple read-alouds. The final picture shows the finished building from an aerial view within its neighborhood setting, giving children one more thing to talk about. Does good architecture stand out or fit in? Why? Do not miss the dedication: you can ponder why the book is for "everyone in the world" except one hapless individual. It is a very "talkable" book on many levels. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.