August 23, 2017

Children’s Book Review: Iggy Peck, Architect

Iggy Peck, Architect Review by Amy Schwary

Author: Andrea Beaty

Illustrator: David Roberts

“Young Iggy Peck is an architect and has been since he was two, when he built a great tower-in only an hour- with nothing but diapers and glue.”

Thus begins the rhythmic tale with expressive illustrations of Iggy Peck, Architect.  Iggy has one great passion and that is..building! This story is sure to charm creative children everywhere. Iggy exudes creativity and self expression! Both parents and children alike are amused with Iggy and his choice of buildings and building materials. From a tower of dirty diapers to churches and chapels made from peaches and apples..each page is sure to delight.

Tradgedy strikes when Iggy meets his second grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer. Unfortunately, they are a terrible match. When she when she was 7, she got lost on the 95th floor on an architect’s tour and was found 2 days later on an elevator. Enters the conflict, her fear imprint vs. his creative passion. She bans him from building anything in school!

“With no chance to build, his interest was killed.”  His stifled creativity made learning a bore. Until…..

The class went on a fieldtrip to a small island and as they crossed the footbridge, it collapsed causing  Ms. Greer to faint. Gasp! No need to fear, Iggy was near to dream up an exciting plan. He gathered his class and they stretched supplies that they had from ridge to ridge in efforts to create a  new bridge. Problem solved with a little ingenuity and creativity! Ms. Greer came to and was impressed by the sight and pleased that they would be alright.

In conclusion,  Ms. Greer changed her outlook on architecture and now every week they have a guest speaker “in T-shirt and sneakers, who talks of buildings from Rome to Quebec”….the one and only Iggy Peck!

As we head back to school, let this book remind us that there is a lot to be learned from multiple intelligences and that we should not be stifled by limited learning modalities.

 

Amy is the mother of four girls and is the developer of Pre K Scholars.

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