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Combining images of preschoolers at play with famous buildings all over the world, this lively picture book is great for sharing. On one left-hand page, kids stack up colorful paper cups to make towers (smaller, smaller / and growing taller); opposite is a full-page photo of the Petronas Twin Towers, among the world's tallest buildings, built in 1998 in Malaysia from concrete, steel, and glass. On another spread, a little girl makes circular mud pies; opposite is a photo of an earthen New Gourna Village in Egypt, and the note tells how the village combines earth, water, sun, air, traditional design, sensitivity to climate, and imagination. One environmentally focused page shows kids building a structure with paper tubes and reusable cardboard; opposite is the Paper Tube School in China, where teachers and students helped construct a temporary school out of recycled paper and plywood after an earthquake. Older children will turn to the detailed back matter that talks about each building and its architect, and a great quote from Frank Gehry sums up the connections: Creativity is about play.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist
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K-Gr 3-A clever introduction to architecture. Each spread shows children playing on one side and a photograph of a famous building on the other. The children, done with watercolor in a fairly standard illustrative style, are pictured working with toys that mirror the form of the featured buildings. For example, a baby's stacking rings are shown opposite the Guggenheim Museum, and wooden blocks mirror the shape of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Each spread also contains a short poem, many rhyming, that describes the youngster's play. The poems are printed in large font and are typeset to complement the shape of the architecture pictured. They are age appropriate and well crafted; for example, the one for the Montreal Biosphere reads, "Easy peasy as can be/toothpicks joining one, two, three." Back matter includes brief paragraphs about each building and mini portraits and paragraphs about the architects, who come from a variety of countries; most are men. This book is more accessible than J. Patrick Lewis's Monumental Verse (National Geographic, 2005) or a more factual text like Culture in Action: Architecture (Raintree, 2009) and is a good precursor for either of them.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.