Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activites

Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen, Author
Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen, Author Chicago Review Press $16.95 (144p) ISBN 978-1-55652-207-9
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
With its simple prose, handsome layout and hands-on approach, Thorne-Thomsen's biography/activity book is an unusually effective art book for children. The influences of Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867-1959) Wisconsin childhood--nature, music and close family ties--come to life in the author's sympathetically told anecdotes. Extensive accounts of masterpieces like the Robie House, Hollyhock House and Fallingwater give heft to a comprehensive overview of the architect's career, which candidly notes his frequent trouble finding work. Twenty-one projects, ranging from making a plaster model textile block to preparing oatmeal (a Wright favorite), comprise the book's second half and nicely complement the portrait of a compelling artist. The edible graham-cracker-and-icing model of Fallingwater is priceless. Somber black-and-white photos, line drawings, a glossary, bibliography and list of houses to visit are included. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)