Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece by Marc Harshman

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece

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Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece Reviews

  • Kate Olson

    Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. 

    As a school librarian in Wisconsin, I have a large number of students every year choosing Frank Lloyd Wright as their topic for their Wisconsin Heritage Fair projects, so I was absolutely delighted to see the subject of this new book! I will be purchasing two copies for my elementary school library, and will be encouraging my 4th grade teachers to purchase copies for their classr

    Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. 

    As a school librarian in Wisconsin, I have a large number of students every year choosing Frank Lloyd Wright as their topic for their Wisconsin Heritage Fair projects, so I was absolutely delighted to see the subject of this new book! I will be purchasing two copies for my elementary school library, and will be encouraging my 4th grade teachers to purchase copies for their classrooms as well.

    FALLINGWATER is the true story of how Wright's masterpiece by the same name in Pennsylvania came to be, and describes in detail the process of designing and the inspiration behind the unique structure. The text of the story is detailed enough to use for research, but spare enough for a rich whole class read aloud including discussion of Wright's career and extensions involving images and exploration of Fallingwater itself. There is a very thorough author's note and artist's note in the back pages that will be excellent for research purposes, and the finished copy will also include a bibliography and source notes.

    The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are absolutely stunning and manage to capture the uniqueness of Fallingwater, and in the artist's note Pham discusses how difficult it was to replicate the structure on paper. This book would be excellent for use in art classes for discussions on architecture and illustrations of architecture.

    Highly recommended for all school libraries and classrooms in general, but a required purchase for those in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

  • Mel-Mel

    4.5

  • Amber

    Thank you KidLitExchange for the opportunity to review this book, free from the publisher.

    Several years ago, I read Loving Frank, an adult book about Frank Lloyd Wright's life. Since reading it, I have been so intrigued and have visited two of Wright's homes (Oak Park and Taliesen East) and toured two houses he designed. Fallingwater, his most famous structure, is in Pennsylvania and is one that I cannot wait to visit.

    I was definitely biased going into this book because I already knew so much,

    Thank you KidLitExchange for the opportunity to review this book, free from the publisher.

    Several years ago, I read Loving Frank, an adult book about Frank Lloyd Wright's life. Since reading it, I have been so intrigued and have visited two of Wright's homes (Oak Park and Taliesen East) and toured two houses he designed. Fallingwater, his most famous structure, is in Pennsylvania and is one that I cannot wait to visit.

    I was definitely biased going into this book because I already knew so much, but I think kids will still enjoy this short biographical picture book about Wright building this house on top of a waterfall! I definitely recommend checking this book out and I hope to someday see Fallingwater in person!

  • Amanda Sass-Henke

    Thank you to #kidlitexchange for providing me with a advance reading copy of this book. All opinions and reviews are my own.

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater was a dream realized. This book is embodies that dream.

    Harshman and Smucker’s vivid descriptions of the building of this masterpiece pull the reader into Wright’s dream and bring it to life. My favorite line is from the construction of Fallingwater: “The scaffolding is knocked away--- and the dream flies free, soars over the water.” The us

    Thank you to #kidlitexchange for providing me with a advance reading copy of this book. All opinions and reviews are my own.

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater was a dream realized. This book is embodies that dream.

    Harshman and Smucker’s vivid descriptions of the building of this masterpiece pull the reader into Wright’s dream and bring it to life. My favorite line is from the construction of Fallingwater: “The scaffolding is knocked away--- and the dream flies free, soars over the water.” The use of figurative language adds life to the tale of Fallingwater AND the inclusion of moving water on almost every page spread by illustrator Leuyen Pham adds to not only the dream-like feeling from the book but also provides additional vitality to the pages.

    This is a great book for the intermediate and middle grades, especially in a unit that focuses on dreams, creativity, and ideas. Adults who love architecture may want to share this with their families. It’s the perfect precursor to a family trip to Fallingwater.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • Michele Knott

    I really did not know much about Frank Lloyd Wright before, and although not a look at his whole life, I liked the concentration on this particular piece of architecture.

    Gorgeous illustrations from the extremely talented LeUyen Pham.

  • Allison Parker

    An elegant and even lively exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright's design and building of his most famous building. LeUyen Pham's artwork really shines in this nonfiction picture. The natural earth tones, organic patterning, and compositions of the multi-panel spreads so well echo Wright's design sensibility; both her research and playful talent is delightfully evident as she dives deep into this style, without ever losing her signature expressive & bright wit (see the assistants' nervous faces

    An elegant and even lively exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright's design and building of his most famous building. LeUyen Pham's artwork really shines in this nonfiction picture. The natural earth tones, organic patterning, and compositions of the multi-panel spreads so well echo Wright's design sensibility; both her research and playful talent is delightfully evident as she dives deep into this style, without ever losing her signature expressive & bright wit (see the assistants' nervous faces as Wright calmly begins and completes his designs, mere moments from presenting them to his patron). The muted, understated pages in which Wright first experiences the house's interior spaces is so affecting - the warmth and serenity of the horizontal lines and natural textures seems to subtly radiate from the book. Now I want to visit Fallingwater and see the inspiration for myself.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I never imagined there would be a children's book about Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, but here it is. Authors Harshman and Smucker describe how Wright was commissioned to build the house by department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, and how he planned and arranged to have it built. I'm sure building a house over a waterfall wasn't easy, and in addition he wanted it to look as if it belonged there, as if it were a natural part of the environment. Leuyen Pham, who ill

    I never imagined there would be a children's book about Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, but here it is. Authors Harshman and Smucker describe how Wright was commissioned to build the house by department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, and how he planned and arranged to have it built. I'm sure building a house over a waterfall wasn't easy, and in addition he wanted it to look as if it belonged there, as if it were a natural part of the environment. Leuyen Pham, who illustrated this book, did a creditable job of depicting how it was constructed, despite the fact that few photos exist of the process. It must have been an incredible place to live in, especially beautiful in winter, and to have the constant sound of the water lulling you to sleep. I did wonder as I was reading whether the house was waterproofed against flooding or the natural dampness that comes with being near water. I should think it would be very humid there. In the author's note at the end of the book it says that cracks have appeared in the foundations since it was built, and that "to ensure Fallingwater's stability, steel cables were inserted along the house's concrete beams" in 2002. I would love to see this place for real, but the best I could do was Google photos of it. This book should spark young readers' imaginations and get them thinking about other nifty places to live, and the possibilities that architecture presents. Recommended!

  • Kris

    Illustrated in watercolor, ink and gouache.

    Palette of earth tones, aqua blue water.

    Picture book version of the inspiration, design and construction of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

    Beautiful introduction to the story of this building, will hopefully inspire children to learn more. Many resources at the end for further exploration.

    The illustrations are wonderful, tell a very complete story even without the text, although the text does add information. I see others as stronger contenders for

    Illustrated in watercolor, ink and gouache.

    Palette of earth tones, aqua blue water.

    Picture book version of the inspiration, design and construction of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

    Beautiful introduction to the story of this building, will hopefully inspire children to learn more. Many resources at the end for further exploration.

    The illustrations are wonderful, tell a very complete story even without the text, although the text does add information. I see others as stronger contenders for Caldecott this year, but this should make its way onto reading lists and perhaps win a nonfiction award.

  • Tasha

    This picture book focuses on just one on Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, Fallingwater. It looks at the process that Wright used to design the building, from viewing the site itself to thinking for a very long time about what he would design. It was at the very last moment that Wright actually put the design on paper so that the owner of the site could see his vision. That vision came to life in Fallingwater, where you can hear the waterfall from every room in the house, stand outside on the balc

    This picture book focuses on just one on Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, Fallingwater. It looks at the process that Wright used to design the building, from viewing the site itself to thinking for a very long time about what he would design. It was at the very last moment that Wright actually put the design on paper so that the owner of the site could see his vision. That vision came to life in Fallingwater, where you can hear the waterfall from every room in the house, stand outside on the balconies, and the floor feels like rocks in a streambed. All of these details will help children better understand the architectural process and how it begins with a vision and idea. The illustrations have a lovely vintage sepia tone and feel with the blue water of the site flowing from page to page, swirling and enlivening the images. A lovely and focused look at a famous architect’s work, this picture book is inspiring. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

  • Cindy Dobrez

    I've visited Taliesin West, but still need to get to Fallingwater. This picture book story of how it was designed and built makes me want to go NOW.

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