Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture

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From boyhood adventures to the creation of visionary buildings like the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture chronicles the vibrant life of one of the world's most famous architects.

Wright's love of architecture was nurtured early on-from paintings of European cathedrals hung in his childhood room; to "Froebel Gifts" building blocks, which he crafted into crude structures; to long walks near the Wisconsin River, where his mother pointed out ...

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Overview

From boyhood adventures to the creation of visionary buildings like the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture chronicles the vibrant life of one of the world's most famous architects.

Wright's love of architecture was nurtured early on-from paintings of European cathedrals hung in his childhood room; to "Froebel Gifts" building blocks, which he crafted into crude structures; to long walks near the Wisconsin River, where his mother pointed out patterns and colors in nature. Wright also learned, from summers spent on his uncle's Spring Green farm, that adversity is part of life. And perhaps this helped him weather a life beset with both tragedy and triumph.

Wright's prolific career spanned more than 70 years, and he created more than 1,100 designs. Author Bob Kann brings readers into the eccentric stories behind some of Wright's landmark buildings. Find out about Wright's Oak Park home, known to locals as "the house with a tree growing through it;" the Robie House, which is shaped like a battleship; and Fallingwater, which is built on a waterfall. Learn how Wright successfully built the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to withstand earthquakes, and how the Johnson Wax Building and Guggenheim Museum set new standards in institutional architecture.

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2010 Finalist in the Juvenile Non-fiction Category from ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award
2010 Gold in the Young Adult Non-fiction Category from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
2011 Winner in the Juvenile Non-fiction Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2011 Finalist in the Children's/Juvenile Non-fiction Category from Next Generation Indie Book Awards

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870204418
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 3/26/2010
  • Series: Badger Biographies Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 692,215
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Bob Kann is a well-known storyteller, juggler, magician and author. He performs throughout the United States in schools, libraries, performing arts centers and at festivals. He also teaches classes and holds workshops for educators, social service agencies, and businesses on humor, motivation, creativity, and storytelling. His book Belle and Bob La Follette: Partners in Politics won a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.
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Table of Contents

1 Thinking Like an Architect 1

2 Romeo and Juliet 5

3 Born to Be an Architect 9

4 Frankenrob and Cowpats 13

5 The Screams of Workers 20

6 Tired of Eating Bananas 26

7 The House with the Tree Growing through It 32

8 No More Little Boxes 39

9 "Something in Him Died with Her" 50

10 Outsmarting an Earthquake 56

11 A School for Architects 63

12 The House That Floats through the Air 68

13 A Flying Saucer or a Work of Art? 78

Appendix: Frank Lloyd Wright's Time Line 84

Glossary 87

Reading Group Guide and Activities 93

To Learn More about Frank Lloyd Wright 96

Acknowledgments 97

Index 99

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