Children's Literature - Trina HeidtThroughout history, people have sought shelter from their enemies and the elements. Often, they used only the simplest forms of shelter necessary to accomplish this. As cultures became more advanced and people were able to establish themselves in one location for long periods of time, houses and shelters became more and more sophisticated. In Houses & Homes, Tim Wood takes us around the world and back through history to show us the varied ways in which peoples of particular areas adapted their homes to their environments. Our journey takes us to the most primitive of homes in the ancient Zulu culture to the extravagant chateau at Chambord built by King Francis I of France, and from Port Sunlight to Biosphere 2. A map at the beginning of the book clearly marks the locations of the areas covered. Four see-through scenes give a more complete look into some of the dwellings. It also includes an index and glossary with key dates, which makes this an excellent social studies resource. 1997 (orig.
School Library JournalGr 4-6A historic overview of domestic architecture from the modest to the extravagant. Beginning with prehistoric hunting camps and ending with Biosphere 2, the author presents a good representation of cultures throughout the world, including generic forms of housing (cave dwellings, Roman apartments, a Maori Pa, Zulu homes) as well as specific palaces (Sargon's palace in Assyria, Chambord in France). Two-to-six pages are devoted to each type of abode and examine who lived there, building materials and constructions, special or unique design features, and, in some cases, provide layouts of the surrounding community. Colorful illustrations of the homes and communities, some photographs of domestic artifacts, and cutaways and diagrams further illuminate how people lived. Four overlays add another dimension by presenting both exteriors and interiors of specific dwellings. This is a well-written and well-organized presentation that will fascinate readers. Sylvia White's Welcome Home (Children's Press, 1995), although not as informative, offers a different slant; it is divided into sections dealing with building material, design, social status, and life styles of the inhabitants.Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
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