Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon - ESSENTIAL

Dillon, Patrick The Story of Buildings, pgs. 95 Candlewick Press, 2014 Language: (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content-G; Violence: G;

This is a fascinating architectural look at many famous buildings in history and the world.  The book begins by explaining how houses are built from bricks to chimneys to roofs.  It also contains how buildings like barns, airports, power plants, water mills and train stations were are built.  Here are a few examples of the buildings that a chapter might contain… Pyramid of Djoser, The Temples of Greece, The Parthenon, Hagia Sophia, A white Robe of Churches, The Romans, Notre-dame Cathedral, The Forbidden City, The Renaissance in Europe, Villa Rotonda, The Taj Mahal, The Baroque in Europe, Vaux-le-vicomte, Melk Abbey, Saint Petersburg, The Crystal Palace, The Bauhaus, The Chrysler Building, The Sydney Opera House, The Pompidou Center, and the  Straw Bale House.   It gives brief history, fun facts, illustrations and a fold out page with fascinating drawings labeled with important information like what it was made of or what was found on the walls.  This is the type of book you could pick up and not put down.  Some books like this could get overwhelming and boring but this gave the right amount of information without overwhelming the reader.


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