Picture Book Review: Fallingwater

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Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. 

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece by Marc Harshman & Ann Egan Smucker
(Roaring Brook Press ~ October 17, 2017)

Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. 

As a school librarian in Wisconsin, I have a large number of students every year choosing Frank Lloyd Wright as their topic for their Wisconsin Heritage Fair projects, so I was absolutely delighted to see the subject of this new book! I have already pre-ordered two copies for my elementary school library, and will be encouraging my 4th grade teachers to purchase copies for their classrooms as well.

FALLINGWATER is the true story of how Wright’s masterpiece by the same name in Pennsylvania came to be, and describes in detail the process of designing and the inspiration behind the unique structure. The text of the story is detailed enough to use for research, but spare enough for a rich whole class read aloud including discussion of Wright’s career and extensions involving images and exploration of Fallingwater itself. There is a very thorough author’s note and artist’s note in the back pages that will be excellent for research purposes, and the finished copy will also include a bibliography and source notes.

The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are absolutely stunning and manage to capture the uniqueness of Fallingwater, and in the artist’s note Pham discusses how difficult it was to replicate the structure on paper. This book would be excellent for use in art classes for discussions on architecture and illustrations of architecture.

Highly recommended for all school libraries and classrooms in general, but a required purchase for those in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

This galley will now be passed on to the #kidlitexchange review network.

 

 

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