Dreaming Up

A Celebration of Building

By Christy Hale
(Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600606519, 40pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2012

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Children’s fascination with objects in their environment begins at an early age. As they play, they move, haul, stack, balance, and combine items they encounter in numerous and imaginative ways. As they discover their abilities to build, children also become fascinated with actual buildings, a natural outgrowth of their curiosity about anything huge and complex around them.

Dreaming Up celebrates all this by pairing illustrations of children’s familiar play activities and informative, captivating concrete poems with photographs of real buildings that take the form and structure of children’s constructions to the level of architectural treasures. Locations
of the buildings highlighted—some famous and some less well-known—include Egypt, Japan, the United States, Spain, Colombia, China, Malaysia, and Canada. Brief introductions focusing on the childhoods of the renowned architects from around the world who designed the buildings conclude the book

About the Author
CHRISTY HALE has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including several for Lee & Low Books. Dreaming Up is the second book for which she is also the author. As an art educator, Hale has introduced young readers to the lives and works of many artists through Instructor magazine’s Masterpiece of the Month feature and accompanying workshops. Hale lives with her husband and their daughter in Palo Alto, California.

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