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Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

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Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

I love my job! I get to read wonderful books about my favorite subjects and then write reviews about them. Case in point: I was fortunate enough to be assigned this book about Frank Lloyd Wright, a man I truly admire for his architectural talent and creativity.
 
The book is 12 chapters long, and each deals with a different aspect of Wright’s life. There are a total of 21 activities related in some way to the text. Readers can learn about symmetry, how to fold a paper cup using basic geometric shapes, how to design their own city, and more. Nearly every two-page spread has either a picture or a sidebar related to the text. The book starts with the Contents, an Introduction and a Timeline. Included at the back of the book is a section called “Frank Lloyd Wright Houses to Visit” with addresses for those structures mentioned in the text. There is also a Glossary of terms that are highlighted throughout the text, a Bibliography and an Index.
 
I discovered some new gems by reading this book.
 
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about Frank, I must say I have a bone to pick with the author. She says that Frank was very flexible in his thinking and that he was able to change his mind about things. That may be true in terms of his ever-changing and evolving architectural styles, but I don’t think the word “flexible” could be applied to describe Frank’s general character. Besides this book, everything else I had read about him (and I have read a lot of books and articles on the subject) paint a portrait of a man who was very stubborn and set in his ways.
 
I was familiar with many of Wright’s architectural designs, such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum, but I discovered some new gems by reading this book.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on July 7, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)
(For Kids #53)
by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen