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Mountain Homes

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This spectacular book looks at homes made on mountains and the unique way of life of people in these remote areas. Detailed photography features homes made from logs, carved rock, and mud bricks. Fascinating topics include the special challenges of transportation, work, and school at high altitudes, and the effects of extreme temperatures, avalanches, mudslides, and earthquakes.
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Overview

This spectacular book looks at homes made on mountains and the unique way of life of people in these remote areas. Detailed photography features homes made from logs, carved rock, and mud bricks. Fascinating topics include the special challenges of transportation, work, and school at high altitudes, and the effects of extreme temperatures, avalanches, mudslides, and earthquakes.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheryl O'Sullivan
People who live on mountains often face special problems. This book addresses some of these problems, such as the difficulty of getting building materials, and the dangers of mudslides and avalanches. Yet the breathtaking photographs of mountain homes make it clear why people choose to cope with these problems rather than leave the mountains. From the straw-roofed homes in Japanese mountains to the carved rock homes in the mountains of Turkey, this book gives us a fascinating look at mountain homes. Part of the "Homes Around the World" series, this book shares many important features with others in the series, such as wonderful, compelling photography from around the world to illustrate the homes, and interesting sidebars to further student understanding. Designed for younger readers, books in the series contain limited text and simplified research aids including a glossary, an index, and a list of other resources. Chapters focus on definition, environment, school, play, work, and other information about people who live in mountain homes. Key terms are in bold and pictures are well captioned. A world map shows the location of some of the houses mentioned. An interesting activity at the end of the book has children playing a mountain board game. Teachers in primary grades who are studying neighborhoods will find this book particularly helpful. Reviewer: Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- These books introduce a variety of dwellings and settings. Basic facts about building materials, weather, the environment, etc., are presented, but the style of writing does nothing to bring the information to life. Unfamiliar words are in bold type in the texts and defined briefly in the glossaries, without pronunciation guides. Two-page chapters include occasional sidebars. Each spread has two large, captioned color photos. City Homes discusses apartment buildings, townhouses, and shanty towns; Island Homes has pictures of Tokyo, Manhattan, and a house on the Pacific island of Satawal. Back matter includes world maps that identify the countries discussed, a few discussion questions, and an activity (e.g., in Homes on the Move , instructions for building an igloo from clay). In some instances these books might provide a few facts to support a social-studies curriculum dealing with shelters, but they are additional.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778735571
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Homes Around the World Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


What is a mountain home?     6
Towns and villages     8
Hot and cold places     10
Building a mountain home     12
Inside a mountain home     14
The weather     16
The environment     18
School and play     20
Going to work     22
Getting around     24
Where in the world?     26
To the top of the mountain     28
Glossary     30
Further information     31
Index     32
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