"FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND HIS NEW AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE" INTRODUCES YOUNG READERS TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARCHITECTS
From boyhood adventures to the creation of visionary buildings like the Guggenheim Museum, "Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-441-8; $12.95) chronicles the vibrant life of a legendary architect. This addition to the Badger Biographies Series for young readers (ages 7-12) explores pivotal events that shaped Wright's life and shows, in turn, how Wright shaped the world of building and design.
Wright's love of architecture was nurtured early on - from paintings of famous European cathedrals hung on the walls of his childhood room; to "Froebel Gifts" building blocks, which he crafted into crude structures; to long walks near the Wisconsin River, where his mother pointed out patterns and colors in nature. Wright also learned, from summers spent on his uncle's Spring Green farm, that adversity is part of life - a lesson that helped him weather a life beset with both tragedy and triumph.
Wright's prolific career spanned more than 70 years and he created more than 1,100 designs. Author Bob Kann brings readers into the eccentric stories behind some of Wright's landmark buildings. Find out about Wright's Oak Park home, known to locals as "the house with a tree growing through it;" the Robie House, which is shaped like a battleship; and Fallingwater, which is built on a waterfall. Learn how Wright successfully built the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to withstand earthquakes, and how the Johnson Wax Building and Guggenheim Museum set new standards in institutional architecture.
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