Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

Written by Marc Harshman and Anna Egan Smucker, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

This book does a great job introducing young students to what an architect’s job looks like. It is a good length for a read-aloud and it would be fun to show students photos of Fallingwater or Wright’s other works after reading this book. I would recommend this book to kids who are interested in building, or for teachers in units on jobs or homes.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-3

In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall. The water’s tune plays differently in each of its sunlight-dappled rooms; the structure itself blends effortlessly into the rock and forest behind it. This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination, designed by the lauded American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

This book guides young readers through Wright’s process designing Fallingwater, from his initial inspirations to the home’s breathtaking culmination. It is a exploration of a man, of dreams, and of the creative process; a celebration of potential. Graceful prose and rich, dynamic illustrations breathe life into the story of Frank and Fallingwater, a man and home utterly unlike any other.
–From the Publisher

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece
Written by Marc Harshman and Anna Egan Smucker, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Roaring Brook Press
48 pages
Release Date: October 17, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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