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Froebel-kan co.,ltd.

Old Dward Build a House

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AOYAMA Kunihiko

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When a grumpy old dwarf was building a house where he could live alone, a bear happened by and offered to help if it could build a room for itself as well. Reluctantly, the old dwarf agreed to let the bear build a room and re-drew the blueprints. However, other animals who saw this started approaching one by one, pleading for their own rooms in exchange for helping. The blueprints kept changing and changing. The old dwarf was bitter because he had intended to live alone, but then, something terrible happened! The sight of the blueprints quickly changing and the house gradually taking shape each time the page is turned provides a sense of reality that only an author who had graduate from an architectural school and experienced working at an architectural design office could achieve! Surprisingly, it is said that these blueprints could actually be used to build a house. This wonderful picture book can be enjoyed simultaneously for both its heartwarming story and its exquisite pictures, in which you find something new each time you look at them.

Author’s Information

Worked at an architectural design office after graduating from the Department of Architecture, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, and completing the university’s graduate school master’s course. Later become independent and began drawing picture books. Accepted into the non-fiction category at the 2002 Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.
Won the 48th Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for Picture Books with Osaka-jo E de Miru Nihon no Shiro-dukuri (Kodansha).
Works include Jigoku Meguri no Hashi (Shogakukan), Saisei Kano Energy Zukan (Nikkei BP), Dwarf Jiisan no Ie-dukuri, Edo no Yokai Ichiza (the aforementioned published by Froebel-Kan), and many more.

Series/Label ---
Released Date Oct 2003
Price ¥1,300
Size ---
Total Page Number 32 pages
Color Page Number 32 pages
ISBN 9784577027431
Category Childrens Books/Young Adult
Visualization experience NO