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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