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Why We Live Where We Live

by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

tagged: geography, house & home
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list price: $13.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Sep 2014
pages: 48
ISBN:9781771470810
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

Why do you live where you do? The answer is a lot more complicated than it might seem. Why that house? Why this community? Why do cities sprout where they do? And what makes living there even possible?
Geography, topography, climate, landscape, food security, politics, economics, and more all play a role in how we choose the place we call home. This book takes readers on a tour of the various ways humans adapt to our environments — or change them to suit our needs. It considers the big picture — we live on Earth because it has a breathable atmosphere — right down to the little things, like friendly neighbors, that simply make us happy.
Why We Live Where We Live looks back in history at the transition from nomadic hunting to farming and the rise of cities following the Industrial Revolution. It also looks ahead to anticipate future concerns: how will climate change and rising water affect people who live near the ocean? Can humans survive in space? This comprehensive, cross-curricular resource will equip readers with a solid background on human habitation and context about their place on the planet.

About the Authors

Kira Vermond

KIRA VERMOND is an award-winning writer with over 1,500 articles to her name. She is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail and Chatelaine, and is the author of Why We Live Where We Live, which won the 2015 Norma Fleck Award, and Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying. She lives in Guelph, ON.
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Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator of numerous children's books, including Pride Puppy, Little Cloud, and Why We Live Where We Live, winner of the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her work with various editorial, advertising and publishing clients can be seen around the world. Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
4 to 6
Awards
  • Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
Editorial Reviews

"The conversational tone of the text is complemented by Julie McLaughlin's colourful illustrations which are dynamic and, at times, humorous."

— Resource Links

"This resource asks a unique question and stimulates young readers, ages 8-12, to engage in the world around them. It would be a great inclusion to any social studies, history or science curriculum to help youngsters understand the way society has evolved and their place within it."

— Green Teacher Magazine

"Concisely written but packed with a wealth of up-to-date information, Why We Live Where We Live has excellent potential to spark discussions among young readers as they consider their identity, their relationships with other people and cultures, and how they might want to influence the future of living situations."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"This unusual book offers a surprising amount of information, organized and presented in an appealing way."

— Kirkus Reviews

"An accessible primer on the development of human civilization, with plenty of potential to spur classroom activities and conversation."

— Publishers Weekly

"This selection is a pleasant and helpful addition to social science, career, urban/country comparisons, and environmental issues."

— Library Media Connection

"Clear and accessible."

— School Library Journal

"It's a fascinating subject, and one the duo tackles with a refreshing lack of silliness."

— Quill & Quire

"The friendly text and amusing illustrations make the sometimes difficult subject matter accessible. This is an excellent book for the classroom, school projects, and those children (all children?) who are always asking, 'Why?'"

— National Reading Campaign

"For curious kids who want to know all about the world (what's climate change and why did Grandpa immigrate, anyway?), this non-fiction book has the answers."

— Today's Parent Magazine