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Step Inside Homes Through History

Book Synopsis

In this beautifully detailed, laser-cut book, children can travel back in time and explore homes from seven different eras: Late Middle Ages, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, 1920s, 1960s and present day.

Peek through the windows, discover the rooms inside and spot the family members. Then, learn a bit more about the family, spot the pieces of furniture that appear in more than one house, and find out what people wore in each era – from kirtles and crinolines to flat caps and flapper dresses.

Written in consultation with experts from the National Trust and exquisitely illustrated throughout by Sarah Gibb.

The perfect non-fiction picture book for doll’s house fans aged 6-10!

Our Review Panel says...

This is a charming laser-cut book designed to explore houses and homes in different periods of British history.

The chronological guide begins in the Late Middle Ages and travels through seven different eras, finishing at present day. Fold-out sections and intricate laser-cut flaps allow little hands to open up the houses, peek through windows and observe different family members engaging in activities in and around the home. Broader topics such as clothes, food and architecture are considered and how priorities and lifestyles change over time is gently drawn out across the different sections.

The houses depict a snapshot of upper-middle-class life, but provide more of a vehicle for considering key changes in attitudes, activities and fashions of each area rather than a close representation of everyday life. The present-day house, for example, is an eco-house complete with flat-pack furniture, triple-glazed windows and smart technology powered by rooftop solar panels. Jump back 100 years in time and you’ll find a 1920s suburban redbrick three-storey house with William Morris wallpaper, jazz on the gramophone and a smartly dressed couple on their way to the pictures to see a silent movie.
Each snippet of information builds on past eras and adds to a picture of societal change over time. The book flows excellently as a start-to-finish read but also has plenty of potential to zoom in to just one particular era or to follow a single thread throughout (learning how bathrooms evolved from a hole in the wall to a chamber pot to modern-day ensuite will always entertain young children). This book will be enjoyed in KS1 classrooms and help pupils explore historical causality and change when covering the Houses and Homes topic.
 

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