Fallingwater by Marc Harshman


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Details Fallingwater

Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biography, Architecture, Art, History

Reviews Fallingwater

  • Eve
    "A house like no other,where sun can shine, where balconies can fly, where falling wateris heard from every room." Gorgeous non-fiction read about how Wright was inspired to build the fabulous Fallingwater home in 1934. Now I feel inspired to visit this masterpiece at some point.
  • 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 nat...
  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
    Thanks to Kid Lit Exchange and the publisher for the review copy, all opinions are my own.Falling Water is a newly released biographical picture book about Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece. “Like a lantern glowing in the trees, the house hangs in the darkness.” From daydreams to realization, Falling Water’s illustrations bring to life Wright’s modern wonder. I’d recommend this for any young reader interested in architect...
  • 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...
  • 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 fro...
  • Lindsay
    Thank you to the publisher and KidLit Exchange for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Having been to this home and knowing a bit about the story, I was excited to read this children's title. The illustrations are very good as is the story but it wasn't quite what I expected. I was thinking there would be more factual information about how the home was designed and built. In...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    The inspiration for Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house is examined in this lovely picture book. Why build on a waterfall? How should one build on a waterfall? These questions and what it takes to answer them are at the crux of this examination of the creative process. Pham's gorgeous watercolor and ink art portrays the man, the setting, the time (1930s) and the process of building with equal affection, using colors that palpate with life. The lyri...
  • 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 go...
  • 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.
  • June
    I have visited Fallingwater several times over my life and just loved it. I grew up living blocks from his Robie House. Though I think the book is a little misleading in that the first paragraph could make the reader think that Fallingwater was near the end of his career while he went on to design for another 22 years.
  • 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.
  • Heidi Burkhart
    A terrific picture book to introduce Frank Lloyd Wright and his masterpieces, Fallingwater to elementary students.
  • Ellen
    This is a beautifully illustrated and inspiring biography which exposes young readers to Frank Lloyd Wright's significance. I only give it 3 stars because I wish the author had included a photograph of the home at the end; also, although my children enjoyed the book, I do not think they would pick it up to read a second time.
  • 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-...
  • Ms. Rose
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Fallingwater is SUCH an incredible place to visit so I was very excited to read this book. The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are beautiful and intricate and I love the color scheme - incredibly inviting. However, I didn't love the story in text. I feel like it left out so much of what is intriguing about the building and Frank Lloyd Wright. The story ...
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  • Barbara
    Watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations complement the story of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's memorable design for a home in rural Pennsylvania. Wright had enjoyed a successful career, but he has become bored, and when the wealthy owner of a department store invites him to visit Bear Run, the stream near where he wants his home to be built, Wright is up to the challenge and falls in love with the area and the idea of building the house on the...
  • Susan
    Falling Water: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's MasterpieceBy Marc Harshman and Anna Egan SmuckerArt by Leuyen PhamThanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I have been a long time admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, have visited both Falling Water and Talliesin East, Wright’s home and studio in Wisconsin and his home and studio in Oak Park, so when I learned about this latest biography I w...
  • Claudia
    I was reminded of Falling Water while reading Neal Shusterman's SCYTHE. Even tho the setting of the book is far into the future, the house is still standing, and one of the main characters has chosen that as her dwelling. It brought the house, and my deep desire to see it, back to my heart.This is the story of the 'washed up' F L Wright being asked to create a home (a summer house, I learned) on the site of a waterfall and camp sight. It takes us...
  • Lisa
    This is a picture book but the story is a must read for anyone who is interested in the house named Fallingwater, or Frank Lloyd Wright. It tells of Wright’s style: viewing the site and “dreaming” of the elements and plans of his building without putting pencil to paper to start plans until he has thought it through. A limited color palette for the illustrations focus on the sandstone and building materials, juxtaposed against the blue of b...
  • 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 & ...
  • 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 inf...
  • Kalynda
    I loved the quote, from Frank Lloyd Wright's autobiography, before the story even started..."No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it." I found that to be inspirational and so beautiful...not to mention a paradigm shift. That alone should be why you should check out this book. :-) And when you do, you will also read a story of process, creativity, imagination, and, of course, architecture. Imagin...
  • Jennifer
    A beautiful book about a beautiful house and an amazing architect. I love how much of the natural world is featured. It's interesting how Wright was able to see the house that was already there, since people had been living in that space for centuries.My only complaint is that only the owner of the house and Mr. Wright are mentioned by name. "Workmen" doesn't quite cover the depth of skill and vision needed by the masons, carpenters and other con...
  • Kristen
    This book could have been very dry, however it most definitely was not. In fact I laugh snorted on the first page. As an Art History major, I have studied Frank Lloyd Wright's work and, honestly, while I was awed by his ideas and the final product, I found that part of the semester boring. This book, however, brought the man to life and really showed how he worked. The artwork is amazing. It is beautiful. Not only does it reflect the time period ...
  • Amy
    Illustrating a picture book about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is no easy task! I am so incredibly impressed with Pham’s artwork in this book! Having seen Fallingwater with my own eyes, I can attest to the fact that she captured its beauty and painstaking construction so very well. I’m sure the book will be a welcome addition to the grounds of Fallingwater, along with the “Who Was?” of FLW as well.
  • Jesse
    I picked this up because I love LeUyen Pham's work. While this is very different than the super adorable children she usually draws, it was still captivating and interesting to see another side of her illustrations. The writing was a little awkward, particularly the beginning.
  • Katy
    Lyrical story of the building of Falling Waters, home of the Kaufmann merchandising dynasty and located outside of Pittsburgh. As seen though through the eyes of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this architectural beauty become a character taking a life of its own.Both Harshman and Smucker are gifted writers and wrote a beautiful story, reminiscent of Leonard's Horse by Jean Fritz.
  • Lynn
    Outstanding! Thoughtful story of the design process, the step by step stages of construction of this iconic house. Readers learn much about Wright himself and about Kaufman's dream for the house as well. Gorgeous illustrations that extend the text perfectly.Excellent back matter including fascinating Author and Illustrator Notes.
  • Joan Marie
    I like the approach this nonfiction book takes on telling the history of one of the most famous houses in the world. Having visited the site, and while reading this text, I could hear the soothing sounds of falling water that surely delighted the Kaufmanns so many years ago. And continues to delight visitors today!