If You Lived Here
Houses of the WorldBook - 2011
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If you lived in a medieval castle, you would have to cross a drawbridge over a moat to reach your home. Once inside, there would be endless rooms and halls in which to play, and you could climb a tower to see for miles.
If you lived in a cave (which people have done for centuries, and still do today in some parts of the world), you would be known as a “troglodyte” (a cave dweller)! There would be no towers on your house, only the kitchen chimney poking up from the hillside above.
If you lived on the coast in a house on stilts, you could catch fish from your bedroom window. If you lived in a Venetian palace, you would step directly from your front door into a boat on one of the many canals which form the streets of Venice.
If you lived in a trailer on wheels, you and your family could travel to many places – and still be at home! In Mongolia, some families live in yurts, which can also be moved easily from place to place.
There are many types of homes throughout the world, and some are quite unique. In Ndebele, South Africa, the exteriors of some homes, hundreds of years old, feature brightly-coloured patterns and pictures that tell the story of the families living inside.
Increasingly, new homes are designed to save on energy usage. One type of floating house, which rotates mechanically and can face the sun for warmth, or turn away to keep cool, has just been built in the Netherlands.
Children will be interested to see the many houses and dwellings in which people around the world live, what they are made of, and why they have been made in certain ways. The detailed, intricate bas-relief cut-paper illustrations of artist Giles Laroche make this a distinctive book that can be savoured again and again.
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