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ISBN:9781554536962
publisher: Kids Can Press

Look at That Building!

A First Book of Structures

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2011
ISBN:9781554536962
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Learning about buildings and how they are constructed has never been so much fun. This gem of a book introduces young readers to basic construction concepts through the eyes of five friends keen on building a doghouse for their pet pooch, Max. To find out more about the task, Yulee, Martin, Nick, Sally and Pedro head to the library, where they learn about foundations, beams, frames and other building fundamentals. Fun facts, bright illustrations and comic-book-style discussions among the characters add to the mix. An activity at the end of the book invites readers to make their own mini doghouse out of marshmallows, paper, glue and craft sticks.

About the Author

Scot Ritchie

Scot is an award-winning illustrator and author with more than 50 books to his credit. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch. Scot has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and has had his illustrations exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada. He lives in Vancouver.
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Contributor Notes

Scot Ritchie is an award-winning author-illustrator of over 50 books including Follow That Map!, Look Where We Live! and My House Is Alive!: The Weird and Wonderful Sounds Your House Makes. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Scot Ritchie is an award-winning author-illustrator of over 50 books including Follow That Map!, Look Where We Live! and My House Is Alive!: The Weird and Wonderful Sounds Your House Makes. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

Bright and colourful illustrations and fun facts walk children through the fundamentals of buildings and structures ...—Journal of Commerce


... an excellent introduction to architecture ...—Resource Links


... a wonderful introduction to structures ...—Canadian Children's Book News


Budding architects ... will appreciate this colorful overview.—Booklist

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Look at That Building! A First Book of Structures

After Sally’s Dad builds her a tree house, her friends come over to check it out. When Max (the dog) can’t climb up to join them, Sally and her friends decide to build Max his own house. On their way to the library, the children discover that buildings have firm foundations, sturdy walls and long, wide beams. They also look at homes in nature, super shapes like arches, domes and triangles and the frame of a building that is still under construction. The children notice that columns are like beams, only vertical, and that doors and windows are also necessary when constructing a building. Finally, as it starts to rain, the children take shelter in the tree house and discover that the roof protects them from the elements. The book also includes the directions to build a mini doghouse with marshmallows and craft sticks, and an index of terms included in the story.

This is a wonderful introduction to structures and is appropriate for preschoolers to children in the early primary grades. Each spread contains a large illustration, which makes it easy to read aloud and show to a group but will also attract little ones who cannot yet read. The explanation of each term is brief and to the point. An interesting tidbit that pertains to the topic on the page is included beneath the main text in bold letters – a nice addition for reluctant readers who find the main text too long to read. Constructing the mini doghouse is a fun way to engage children – just be sure to buy extra marshmallows for those little builders who can’t resist eating a few.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2011. Volume 34 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Look at That Building! A First Book of Structures

Sally and her friends decide to build Max, her dog, a house and discover all they can about buildings and how they are constructed. They look at big and small structures and learn how buildings are made, what makes them strong and what keeps them standing. Readers will learn about the essential parts of a building and how structures are made in nature and they can follow simple instructions to make a mini doghouse.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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