Why We Live Where We Live

Category: Book
Illustrated By: McLaughlin, Julie
By (author): Vermond, Kira
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / House & Home
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Geography
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction (2015) Winner
Publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Published: September 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 48
Size: 9.48in x 8.53in x 0.15in
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Bookshelf comment

Guelph writer Kira Vermond has won the Norma Fleck award for this thought-provoking picture book exploring the historical path of human civilization. Curious kids will love the often-silly illustrations, which complement informative text on the influence of everything from cultural shifts to climate change.

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Why do you live where you do? The answer is a lot more complicated than it might seem. Why that house? Why this community? Why do cities sprout where they do? And what makes living there even possible?

Geography, topography, climate, landscape, food security, politics, economics, and more all play a role in how we choose the place we call home. This book takes readers on a tour of the various ways humans adapt to our environments - or change them to suit our needs. It considers the big picture - we live on Earth because it has a breathable atmosphere - right down to the little things, like friendly neighbors, that simply make us happy.

Why We Live Where We Live looks back in history at the transition from nomadic hunting to farming and the rise of cities following the Industrial Revolution. It also looks ahead to anticipate future concerns: how will climate change and rising water affect people who live near the ocean? Can humans survive in space? This comprehensive, cross-curricular resource will equip readers with a solid background on human habitation and context about their place on the planet.
From The Publisher*A broad look at how humans adapt to our environments, as explored through the lens of a single question: why do we live where we live?
Review Quote*"An accessible primer on the development of human civilization, with plenty of potential to spur classroom activities and conversation."
Review Quote*"This unusual book offers a surprising amount of information, organized and presented in an appealing way."
Review Quote*"Clear and accessible."
Review Quote*"This selection is a pleasant and helpful addition to social science, career, urban/country comparisons, and environmental issues."
Review Quote*"It's a fascinating subject, and one the duo tackles with a refreshing lack of silliness."
Review Quote*"For curious kids who want to know all about the world (what's climate change and why did Grandpa immigrate, anyway?), this non-fiction book has the answers."
Review Quote*"Concisely written but packed with a wealth of up-to-date information, Why We Live Where We Live has excellent potential to spark discussions among young readers as they consider their identity, their relationships with other people and cultures, and how they might want to influence the future of living situations."