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Jeanette Winter

The World Is Not a Rectangle : A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

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<b>A <i>Washington Post </i>Best Children's Book of 2017</b> <br /> <b>Parents' Choice Recommended</b> <p></p>Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect's life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. <p></p>Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals--and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.

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A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017
Parents' Choice Recommended

Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect's life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.

Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals--and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017
Parents’ Choice Recommended

Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect’s life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.

Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals—and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.

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Age Range
5 - 10 Years
Language
English
Publisher
Beach Lane Books
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
56
Author
Jeanette Winter
Title
The World Is Not a Rectangle
ISBN-13
9781481446693
Publication Date
August, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10
148144669X

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In this beautiful book the author/illustrator introduces children to Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi girl who grew up to become "one of the most irreverent, controversial, and celebrated architects in the world." Zaha is shown as a child who loved creating imaginary cities and who dreamed of being an architect one day. She not only succeeded, but became a "starchitect," eventually becoming the first solo female architect to receive both the American Pritzker Prize for Architecture and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal. At first, although she kept winning design competitions, no one would make her buildings. The author recounts some of the objections: "She's an Arab!" "This can't be built!" "Impossible!" "She's a woman!" But as the author writes: "Hadid means iron in Arabic, And Zaha is strong as iron. She keeps on working - one plan after another. 'I made a conscious decision not to stop.'" She eventually found success. As each of her buildings won wide acclaim, she got more and more commissions from all over the world. Before long, she had over 400 architects working to execute her plans. The author shows how Zaha based her designs on natural landscapes, with their flowing and swirling lines. Zaha once wrote: "The world is not a rectangle. You don't go into a park and say: 'My God, we don't have any corners.'" Thus, for example, "Zaha looks at the Alps and builds a museum inside a mountain peak with windows to see the sky and the valleys." The author also shows the relationships between other of Zaha's buildings and the natural shapes that inspired them. And she didn't stop with buildings: "'You should do what you like." Zaha designs a dollhouse, And shoes, And chairs. She designs a stalactite sculpture And an iceberg seat." She died in 2016 at the relatively young age of 65. The colorful illustrations employ the undulating lines favored by Zaha Hadid. At the end of the book, the author has pages of thumbnail pictures showing some of Zaha's most famous buildings and where they are located. She also includes more biographical information, and a list of additional sources. Evaluation: This story of a persistent visionary and artist will inspire and delight readers.

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