Thursday, December 29, 2011

RTL: If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Book Title: If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
Author: Giles Laroche
Islamically Appropriate?: Yes
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 6 and up
Book Review: From "Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived.

If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset.

With intricate bas-relief collages, Giles Laroche uncovers the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own.

Showing the tremendous variety of dwellings worldwide—log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses, and yurts—this book addresses why each house is build the way that it is. Reasons—such as blending into the landscape, confusing invaders, being able to travel with one's home, using whatever materials are at hand—are as varied as the homes themselves."

You may wish to build upon this book to include homes from Muslim countries as well.

Until the next read insha'Allaah....

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