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Children's Nonfiction Architecture

Why Humans Build Up

The Rise of Towers, Temples and Skyscrapers

by (author) Gregor Craigie

illustrated by Kathleen Fu

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Category
Architecture, Symbols, Monuments, National Parks, etc., City & Town Life, Environmental Conservation & Protection
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459827189
    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
    $37.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781459821880
    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
    $29.95

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“This great STEAM offering has multiple applications and will be useful for report writers and aspiring architects alike.”—Booklist, starred review

“Finely detailed inside and outside...Broad in scope, perceptively organized, and enriched with fascinating entries.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Why did they build it so high?

People have been constructing tall buildings for thousands of years, for many different reasons. Castle walls kept people safe. Utility towers transmit TV and cell-phone signals. Observatories give people a bird’s-eye view of the world. Beautiful buildings stand out in the crowd. Skyscrapers provide housing for a lot of people. There are some good reasons for building up, and a few bad ones as well.

With a growing global population, we will need more and more space to live, learn and work in. But what does that mean for the health of the planet? Can we do it sustainably? Tall buildings may be part of the answer. From the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Burj Khalifa and the Shanghai Tower, Why Humans Build Up asks why and how we build higher and higher, and what that means for the planet.

About the authors

Gregor Craigie is a writer and journalist. He wakes up at 3:45 every weekday morning to talk on CBC Radio in Victoria, British Columbia. Despite the early hours, Gregor loves his job because he gets to ask questions and write for a living. Before his current job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he worked for the BBC World Service in London and traveled to several different countries, telling stories for radio listeners. Why Humans Build Up is his first book for kids.

 

Gregor Craigie's profile page

Kathleen Fu is a Canadian illustrator based in Toronto with a background in fine art, architecture and urban design. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and her current work is heavily inspired by her time studying architecture, city life and storytelling. She enjoys creating intricate illustrations with a Where’s Waldo-esque style, injecting each piece with as many unique characters and different shapes as possible. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, the Globe and Mail, The Walrus and many other publications.

 

Kathleen Fu's profile page

Editorial Reviews

★ “Finely detailed inside and outside...Broad in scope, perceptively organized, and enriched with fascinating entries.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Recommended as an asset for both school and public libraries. Students who are ­fascinated by history and architecture will especially enjoy this book.”

School Library Journal

“One of the best of the genre of non-fiction books written to engage and educate readers of all ages...Fu’s colourful drawings add just the right touch of humour to prevent the text from becoming overwhelming…The right book at the right time for critical thinkers of all ages. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★“This great STEAM offering has multiple applications and will be useful for report writers and aspiring architects alike.”

Booklist, starred review