Homes in Many Cultures


Step inside homes all over the world. What makes them the same as yours? What makes them different?

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Children's Literature
This simple nonfiction work for first graders presents photos of different kinds of homes, including apartment buildings, townhouses, thatched huts, houses on stilts, houseboats, and adobe homes. It also explains how various forms of construction may suit local conditions or climates. It locates the homes on an inset world map. However, of the nine examples, two are from the U.S. and one is from Canada, which leaves limited space for less familiar examples. Unfortunately all of the photos show the houses from the outside only, with no windows about how people live inside their homes. Images have been selected to show the broad variety of housing types that exist, but with no attempt to select representative houses from each country. For example, the home chosen for India is a rather grand houseboat of the kind often rented by wealthy tourists, and the Kenyan example shows a rural, thatched mud hut, which gives a rather skewed impression of Kenya’s state of development. The example of farm housing shows a large traditional Canadian farm with a barn, silos, and cattle. The accompanying text explains that farm homes sit alone on “lots of land” (hardly true of all farms). This book is part of the “Life around the World” series, which addresses the need for books that introduce the young child to other ways of living by exploring modern life in other countries. Books in this series are organized by chapters and contain a table of contents, a glossary, a reference list that includes safe web sites, inset maps, and an index. Although designed for first graders, these books can be used as part of an introduction to using reference books. Reviewer: Christina M. Desai
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
These books support the social-studies curriculum, but the scope is limited and the writing is dry. They offer a series of two-page chapters: a full-page color photograph opposite one or two simple sentences. A world map indicates the particular continent and pinpoints the location within it of each home or family. The name of the country is in a box below the map. In the first title, families in Guatemala, the U.S., New Zealand, China, and a few other countries are shown celebrating a birthday, sharing a meal, having fun together, and more. The book ends by asking readers, "How does your family have fun?" Homes follows a similar pattern, with pictures of huts, stilt houses, apartment buildings, etc.; it closes with the question, "What's your home like?" Both titles would be appropriate for introducing and beginning discussions on similarities among cultures, but readers will have to go elsewhere for more depth.
—Margaret R. TassiaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429633802
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Life Around the World Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 195,144
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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