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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
The World Is Not a Rectangle

The World Is Not a Rectangle

Spring 2017 Non-Fiction
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1481446693
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Author-illustrator Jeannette Winter introduces young readers to the life and accomplishments of renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

As a young girl living in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid dreams of designing her own cities. She's fascinated by patterns in Persian carpets and captivated by the shapes of dunes and rivers and marshes. She loves math, designing clothes, and rearranging her furniture. Zaha Hadid had ideas.

Having earned her degree in architecture in London, Hadid was determined to succeed. And that she did. Her visions were uncommon: a walk in a stream spawned the idea of an opera singer as the pearl in the oyster (the Guanghou Opera House in China), waves inspired a bridge that moves with the water (the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi), and her memory of ancient wood temples influenced her plan for the Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia. But achievement in a typically male dominated career was not without challenges. Time after time, her designs were rejected. In Arabic, Hadid means iron. Jeanette Winter's paints Zaha Hadid as an accomplished daring architect with an iron will and a magical perspective.

Claire Green   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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