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From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers

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by Christine Paxmann (Author), Anne Ibelings  (Illustrator)

Architecture for Children

 Journey into the history of architecture. In “Mud Huts to Skyscrapers”, Author Christine Paxmann and Illustrator Anne Ibelings, give you an historical perspective on the evolution of architecture over time.

This gorgeous and enormous picture book opens with an introduction from author Christine Paxmann. Christine shares that there are buildings that every child is familiar with. Then there are structures that began as a style and became iconic in history. Other structures are more a reflection of the people who built them. No matter how you see them, these amazing structures and buildings are not just of historical significance but also a peek into culture.

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers Ancient

What follows is a chronological introduction to architecture, from Egyptian pyramids to environment friendly Eco-architectural structures. A two full-page color spread opens with the first man made huts built around 400,000 years ago. Each double page spread focuses on a single building or structure. Detailed beautiful drawings of the buildings adorn the pages. A short narrative answers questions such us how long ago was it built and where is it on the map? Who built it and why? What purpose did these structures fulfill? Were these typical to a country or did others adopt these architectural capabilities?

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers Caves

At the bottom of each page are bullet points that cover interesting architectural facts of the structure. Here’s an example:

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers Details2

We fell in love with this book! “From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers” covers many iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House. In terms of styles, the book covers Baroque, Gothis, Art Deco and Bauhaus. Towards the end, the book introduces how architects are looking at futuristic designs and eco-architectures such as flood houses and vertical gardens. The end pages captures the entire architectural history with a brief summary on a timeline. A glossary explains words commonly used in understanding architecture.

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers Back

This book is a keeper. A book to keep in your home library for kids of all ages and adults too!

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  1. Another fantastic selection – I love how this book details culture and architecture for readers – I bet teachers would love it!

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    • reshamad

      I loved every bit of this book! Its so well made and makes architecture so accessible to younger audience. thanks for stopping by!


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