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The Picture History of Great Buildings Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184780036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800367
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.8 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the world's earliet houses to the latest high-rises in Dubai, this is an information packed guide to the catherdrals, temples, opera houses, parliament buildings, bridges and latterly banks that stand as the important monuments of their time. Illustrated in detail, each is briefly described and set on a timeline that gives a sense of the evolution of building in different places as well as some general background history. The illustrations make browsing fun, while a useful glossary makes this a good reference book too. (Guardian)

Great Buildings is unique in that it provides excellent timelines to show what other buildings were being constructed at the time in different parts of the world, to give an overall picture, which I have not found anywhere else. (Armadillo Magazine)

The excellent glossary and index make this both a riveting read and a superb reference book, a mine of information for both young and old and an encouragement to pursue the subject in the future. (Ibby Link)

The enthusiasm is catching: exactly what a good book should do. (School Librarian)

About the Author

Gillian Clements was born in Sussex and grew up mainly on a farm. After studying Geography at Newcastle University, she took a degree course in Illustration under Raymond Briggs at Brighton Polytechnic. Since graduating she has written and illustrated manypopular books for Macmillan, Franklin Watts, A&C Black and Scholastic as well as Frances Lincoln. She now lives in Hereford. Her books for Frances Lincoln are A Picture History of Great Buildings, A Picture History of Great Explorers and A Picture History of Great Inventors.


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This really is an excellent book, which will appeal to both children and adults. Starting with the earliest buidlings, such as the Step Pyramid and the Parthenon, it brings us right up to date with the discussion of eco-friendly and sustainable buildings. Prages on individual buildings are interspersed with general (and fascinating) articles about different periods and architectural styles.Detailed illustrations and maps form an important and attractive part of the book. There is a comprehensive glossary, which is excellent for those who want to gain a basic understanding of architecture. The timeline which runs right through the book is excellent for putting buildings into context, for learning what else was going on at the same time and gaining insight into society through the ages.
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