Why We Live Where We Live

Why We Live Where We Live

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Discusses the many factors that affect where humans choose to live, including the availability of food and water, jobs, and the need for safety.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, 2014
Toronto : Owlkids Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781771470810
177147081X
9781771470117
1771470119
Branch Call Number: J 304.2 VER
Characteristics: 48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McLaughlin, Julie 1984-- Illustrator

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ksoles Nov 18, 2014

Humans adapt. Throughout history, we have cooperated to create successful methods of food production, sources of heat and light, methods of transportation, means of communication and mostly stable economies. In "Why We Live Where We Live," Kira Vermond considers human needs and surveys the process of city development based on these needs. She considers the reasons for living in dangerous places, touches on climate change and even poses the possibility of living elsewhere in the universe.

Each spread in the book covers a specific topic. The author sets the extensive, conversational text in columns with headings accompanied by Julie McLaughlin's lively illustrations. The duo tackles their fascinating subject with a refreshing lack of forced humour but, unfortunately, while the book valiantly attempts to answer its titular question, the result becomes overcomplicated.

The book presents a multitude of facts in seemingly random order; it jumps from from a discussion of the Earth’s uniqueness in our galaxy to different kinds of dwellings to the importance of food and water in just a few pages. It then proceeds through the topics of languages, speech and the role of family in determining an individual’s fate. Ultimately, the sheer amount of information gives "Why We Live Where We Live" the tone of a school textbook, which may alienate its intended elementary school audience.

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