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

By: Jeanette Winter

Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect’s life and her triumph over adversity. Key to architectural works. Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781481446693

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Zaha Mohammad Hadid (1950–2016) , Iraq , Baghdad , London, England , Architecture and architects , Nature and the natural world , Ideas and inspiration

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Awards & Honors

2018 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor
Parents’ Choice Award Winner: Nonfiction, Recommended
Capitol Choices 2018, Seven to Ten
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Biography and Autobiography
Publishers Weekly’s; Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books
The Nonfiction Detectives, Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
The Washington Post Best Books Children’s Books of 2017, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

As a child growing up in Baghdad in the 1950s and 1960s, Zaha Hadid’s love for math allowed her to see the world through a unique lens; she observed carpet patterns (seeing how the “shapes and colors flow into each other”), dreamed of ancient ruins, and observed nature. Her creative thoughts inspired her to become an architect, an As a child growing up in Baghdad in the 1950s and 1960s, Zaha Hadid’s love for math allowed her to see the world through a unique lens; she observed carpet patterns (seeing how the “shapes and colors flow into each other”), dreamed of ancient ruins, and observed nature. Her creative thoughts inspired her to become an architect, and she went on to design extraordinary and unusual structures: “Zaha’s designs don’t look like other designs. Her buildings swoosh and zoom and flow and fly.” Winter quotes Hadid as saying, “The beauty of the landscape— where sand, water, reeds, birds, buildings, and people all somehow flow together—has never left me,” and Winter’s rich-hued, multilayered illustrations visually unite readers with the spirit of Hadid’s architectural creations. A series of spreads shows the artist at work while holding or viewing natural-world or cultural objects, juxtaposed with images of the structures she created that were inspired by those objects, whether suggesting shape, form, or color (“Zaha looks at stones in a stream and builds an opera house like the pebbles in the water”). Once again, Winter (The Librarian of Basra, rev. 1/05; Nasreen’s Secret School, rev. 11/09) opens the door for younger children to read about an innovative and strong woman who inspired others in her field and worked tirelessly to make her vision become a reality. Back matter includes a pictorial list of Hadid’s structures, sources, and a brief author’s note. aishah abdul-musawwir

Book Details

ISBN

9781481446693

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

56

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 760L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Beach Lane

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Zaha Mohammad Hadid (1950–2016), Iraq, Baghdad, London, England, Architecture and architects, Nature and the natural world, Ideas and inspiration,

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