Friday, April 27, 2018

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece - OPTIONAL

Harshman, Marc and Anna Egan Smucker Falling Water: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, illustrated by Leuyen Pham.  PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $19. 9781596437180  

Edgar Kaufman hired Frank Lloyd Wright to build him a house by the stream called Bear Run in the woods of Pennsylvania.  Wright was a world famous architect but as he got older he hadn’t built anything for a while, but he took on Kaufman’s request.  Wright spent many months taking in the beautiful nature surrounding Bear Run and created the plans for a home that was built over the stream so you could hear the waterfall inside the home.  After the home was completed it became another of Wright’s famous structures.  

The illustrations in this book are fantastic and the story is not well known among kids.  I think this is the type of book that makes the reader curious to find out more about what Frank Lloyd Wright has built as well as more about the house called Fallingwater.  I'm not sure if kids would be interested in this story even though as an adult I find it fascinating.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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