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Houses: Structures, Methods, and Ways of Living
     

Houses: Structures, Methods, and Ways of Living

by Piero Ventura, Max Casalini (Contribution by), Pierluigi Longo (Contribution by), Marisa M. Ventura (Contribution by)
 
Houses examines human progress in creating new and innovative ways to build shelter, and explores various housing styles, methods, and customs throughout history. "Houses is packed with intriguing facts and anecdotes." -- Publishers Weekly

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Houses examines human progress in creating new and innovative ways to build shelter, and explores various housing styles, methods, and customs throughout history. "Houses is packed with intriguing facts and anecdotes." -- Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Piero Ventura details the variety of Houses people have developed over the past ten thousand years, from neolithic reed to reinforced concrete. As always, the author/artist's absorbing illustrations bring readers into the scene to experience the furnishings, dress and customs of the era. Young readers will enjoy the construction details, such as the way molten lead is used to lock stone blocks together, and the complex wooden joints developed by medieval builders.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A brief history of houses, illustrated with detailed, ink-outlined watercolors. Starting with cave dwellings, each double-page spread offers several paragraphs of basic descriptions of homes from ancient Egypt through Greece, Rome, the Vikings, and the Middle Ages, on through to modern apartments. All are enlivened by Ventura's illustrations that show exteriors, cut-away views of interiors, details of physical construction la David Macaulay, floor plans, construction tools, and people at work or at play, inside and out. While the amount of information is limited, these interesting and informative beginnings invite repeated viewing and rereading. Originally published in Italy, the book focuses on Western architecture. Harvey Weiss's Shelters (Crowell, 1988) offers a wider ranging and different look at houses. The construction of buildings large and small is shown in Buildings (Dorling Kindersley, 1993), which has clearly detailed, full-color photographs plus drawings and a minimal text. All of these books, plus Philip Isaacson's outstanding Round Buildings, Square Buildings and Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish (Knopf, 1990), bring attention to a long-neglected area of historical and artistic interest for students.- Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395667927
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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