Saturday, April 20, 2013

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOR KIDS by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen

Here is a reminder:  one week from today, April 27,  is the Lego Creations Contest!  You still have time to sign up and create your Lego structure. 

I was thinking of the creative process involved in designing and building your Lego creation and was reminded of all the great books we have in our Juvenile Non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library.  We have several books on architecture and building that are very interesting!  One book that caught my eye this morning is Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen.  When you are designing and thinking about your project, you are an architect!  Frank Lloyd Wright  was a great American architect who loved shapes, colors, and patterns of nature.  We even have one of his buildings in our city of Bartlesville: the Price Tower!  If you have not had the opportunity to tour this beautiful building, you need to do it sometime soon.

This book presents this American architect's enduring love of shapes and patterns in nature by giving brief descriptions of Wright's buildings.  It is not only a great biography; but an activity book.  The activities include: 
  • Finding geometric shapes within everyday objects.
  • Comparing the designs of different houses.
  • Reading architectural plans.
  • Using geometric shapes to construct an origami tulip.
  • Building a model of Fallingwater with graham crackers.
  • Making a textile block from plaster.
  • Designing a city.
  • Celebrating seasonal festivals the way Wright did -- with costumes, treats, and poems.
  • And many more!
The call number for this book is:  J720.92  FRA 1994.  It can be found in the Juvenile Non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library.  Check it out!!