As Seen in 'The Wright 3'

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Blue Balliett hopes that her books make kids want to explore the beauty and art in the world around them. After reading "The Wright 3" (perfect for ages 10 and older), you might want to . . .

· Visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house: America's most famous architect had more than 500 of his designs turned into buildings. The only one open to the public in the Washington area is the Pope-Leighey House, near Mount Vernon. For more information, go to http://www.popeleighey1940.org/ .

· Rent the movie "Rear Window": Tommy and his mom watch this Alfred Hitchcock classic. It's rated PG but is very suspenseful, so it is probably best for older kids.

· Read "The Invisible Man": Petra spends a lot of time reading this science-fiction thriller by H.G. Wells. Wright hid his own invisible man in the Robie House. (Wright's invisible man appears on this page. Can you find it?)

· Learn more about Fibonacci numbers: This amazing number pattern -- 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 and so on -- was discovered by a mathematician named Fibonacci more than 800 years ago. Wright used the numbers (called the "numbers of life" because they occur often in nature) in his house designs to make them fit with the natural world. Go on a walk and pick a flower: Chances are the number of petals it has will be one of the Fibonacci numbers. (Daisies tend to have 21, 34, 55 or 89 petals; mums have 21.) Have you figured out the pattern yet? Every number after the first two is the sum of the two previous numbers. So the number after 144 is 233 (89 + 144).


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