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How to Build a House: A colossal adventure of construction, teamwork, and friendship (Technical Tales) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1633221415
LANGUAGE:English

" A story that tricks young readers into learning about engineering, science, and math! " said.

" 3.25 stars I enjoyed this book talking about the intricacies of building a house, but at a 3rd grade level! Nice illustrations, a story and facts is always fun...but it has mice in it and I hate mice. There are other animals but when you talk about even cute mice that build houses...I am turned off....Mice tails in any form is icky! But it is my opinion... " said.

"An absolutely great book but it is not appropriate for the American market! I absolutely love the other "How To..." books by Saskia Lacey but this one describes a construction method that was only used very rarely in the US and that has not been used since the 1940s. Any N. American kid, who has watched buildings being built or helped when his family members built any building even a shed, will quickly become very confused! What a shame US publishers just directly published a European book without determining if it was culturally relevant! Same goes for the public libraries who bought a book unseen and wasted valuable resources doing so. I don't recommend this book to anyone except perhaps a parent with construction experience who can explain the differences to the kid. That is a shame because it is so well done. I do love this series!

Specifically this book describes a method of making a nearly complete masonry structure including the floor joists. The electric is routed into the masonry structure and plaster is applied directly to the masonry walls. The building does not include any insulation at all despite the snow falling during its construction which obviously Europeans use today as well as N. Americans.

Despite all these negatives, this series is absolutely the best at creating a fun story about how to build things. The illustrations are fantastic with all items being labeled with their names, a vast list of new vocabulary words. Just looking at the illustrations can provide a child hours of instructional entertainment!
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" The concept and illustrations were good but I didn't really like the text. The thing is, I can't think of another book that fills this niche. " said.

" Неймовірно мотивуюча і позитивна книга, після якої хочеться закладати фундамент під щось нове і радісне! " said.

" Як не прикро визнавати, однак ця книга, за якою ми із сином старанно полювали, — найслабша з усієї серії Мартіна Содомки (а у нас — весь комплект). Ілюстрації, як завжди, — чудові. Докладно показано етапи спорудження будинку від архітектурного планування до новосілля, подані схеми з розрахунками та підписами, змальовані характерні герої, у яких так приємно впізнавати знайомих із попередніх книг.

Однак у тексті про саме будівництво дому інформації мінімум. Більшість уваги приділена, можна сказати, "нудним дорослим" проблемам: як узяти кредит у банку, як зекономити на будівництві, як дотриматися норм і правил забудови ділянки, що робити, коли тебе підставив чиновник і ти отримав припис знести вже збудоване, де і в кого шукати парвди та справедливості... Відчувалося, що авторвоі боліли саме ці питання, однак книга ж — для дітей! Син хотів дізнатися, як збудувати дім, натомість отримав відомості про те, що бувають хитрі і ще хитріші люди (це, звісно, також цінна інформація, проте...), а мама, цебто я, намагалася по змозі таки розібратися в тих схемах та малюнках і своїми словами розказати, як усе-таки збудувати той дім. На пальцях, ага))) Підозрюю, що треба підключати дідуся, бо книга, на жаль, не про це...
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