When I took up this project I did not realise that it would be this difficult for me to search for books! it has been really difficult to find apt books with Australia and Oceanic characters. Maybe I am not searching right?!
Here are some books that I found on Amazon, I will keep searching in this category and updating.
Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your kid/family.
This is a great book to expose the kids to the different ways in which people live around the world.
The most unique part about this book is that all the houses are illustrated in bas-relief color collages. Another interesting fact about the houses was that all those still exist.
Each house has an illustration of real example of type of structure. The detailing that has gone into making the collages is amazing. We spent a lot of time admiring not just the house structure but the surrounding landscaping with nature, people, animals etc.
It also has a brief description of the interiors, the reason behind its design, information on material used, geographical location of these houses, dates of occupancy and some fascinating fact.
The list of houses include
Dogtrot – Southern United States
Chalet – Alps, Europe
Pueblo – Taos, New Mexico
Connected barn – Northeastern United States
Cave dwelling – Guadix, Andalucia, Spain
Palafitos (house on stilts) – Chiloe Island, Chile
Palazzo Dario – Venice, Italy
Chateau La Brede – Bordeaux, France
Fujian Tulou – Hangkeng village, Yongding, China
Half-timbered townhouses – Miltenberg am Main, Germany
White Towns – Astipalaia Island, Greece
Decorated houses of Ndebele – Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Yurt – Mongolia and other parts of central Asia.
Airstream trailer – Anywhere
Floating house – Middleburg, the Netherlands
Tree House – Anywhere
At the back of the book, there is also a map of the world where each of the examples can be found.
The only drawback that I see in this book is that of the 15 dwellings discussed 7 were found in Europe, 4 in North America , and the larger continents of Africa and Asia are under represented. Australia was left out completely.
Laroche’s writing is light and interesting. The illustrations along with the simple and short textual facts make this book good for kids of any age in K-6.
Overall a great book and can be a great supplement for culture study.
Every year our family of 4 travels to India to meet our extended family and we spend about a month there. So, my elementary school going boys have been exposed to 2 different cultures extensively. We have also travelled to a few more countries and they have noticed, talked about and compared the difference in food, homes, appearances and lifestyles. But there is so much more to explore, so much more to learn in this diverse world!
One of the many boons of internet and access to books/local libraries is that we can learn about different countries and its culture sitting at home. And this is exactly what we plan to do in the coming weeks.
My last post has the timeline that I plan to follow.
Here are a few sites/links that I have searched that will help in making a start to this learning process.