What’s That Crazy Building? See the World and Win This Book

The Gherkin in London. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The windmill-shaped Dutch Haven near Lancaster, PA. The chest of drawers in High Point, NC. What do they have in common? They’re all buildings I’ve visited recently that have crazy shapes!

With interesting buildings on my mind, when Ancient Wonders: Then & Now (Lonely Planet Kids) crossed my desk I couldn’t wait to peek inside. With this book students see what remains today of the pyramids, Stonehenge, the Roman baths, the Parthenon, and many other famous landmarks. Then they can lift the book’s flaps and see what the landmarks looked like long ago. Cool!

Want to win this book? Submit a comment to this blog by October 24 and let us know the most unusual building you’ve visited. I’m hoping someone has seen the restaurant shaped like a box of clams or the building that looks like a milk bottle. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, here are some other interesting things to check out.

What does it take to Be Internet Awesome? For starters, students need to know how to make smart decisions while online. Google has created a free curriculum to help. Download it—and check out the pledge, online game, and printable poster too—at beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com.


Here’s something truly epic: You can access 25,000 books and educational videos for free at getepic.com/educators. Find award-winning fiction, biographies, animal books, STEM titles, and more. Students get personalized profiles with reading recommendations. Click here to sign up.


Little learners will have loads of fun with new educational activities from their pal, Peppa Pig. Watch the supercute episode “School Play,” in which Peppa and her playgroup friends perform Little Red Riding Hood. Then print a free craft, play props, a coloring sheet, and more to spur lots of creativity and dramatic play ideas. Plus enter for a chance to win a $150 or $500 Amazon gift card and $150 or $500 in educational Peppa merchandise. Check it all out here.

Can’t wait to hear about the interesting places you’ve seen. Photos are welcome!


PS: This month’s Disney Books giveaway is going strong. Enter now for your chance to win a class set of 30 books for your grade.

17 thoughts on “What’s That Crazy Building? See the World and Win This Book

  1. I was enthralled by the ancient Greco-Roman Ruins in Ephesus, Turkey. Our guide walked us through and gave such detailed descriptions of life in the years 129 B.C. that we truly felt we were there – the theater that seats 25,000 people, the Temple of Artemis, and the Library of Celsus … all amazing architectural wonders. Breathtaking!

  2. Machu Picchu (means old mountain in Quechua) in Peru.
    my husband and I vacationed there last year. It was built
    atop the Andes mountains in Peru – Spectacular… Amazing
    and Magical Place.
    The great walls of China – Another one of the seven wonders
    of the world that we’re planning to vacation this year.
    The major construction of the modern wall began in the
    Ming Dynasty (1388-1644). It extends about 5,500 miles.
    This will be our second time there.

  3. Karen, I would be glad to be your vacation planner…. been doing vacation planning
    for friends now for a number of years.

  4. I live in Florida and I love to go see the Castillo de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine.
    What fascinates me the most is the history that surrounds it.
    It still has the cannons and you can walk around the top and it makes me wonder
    what it was like to live in that time and era. It is magical and made of Coquina shell.

  5. The Leaning Tower of Pisa – I was fortunate enough to visit when you were still able to go inside and climb to the top.

  6. Unfortunate I have no crazy buildings per se. I have been in houses with hidden rooms- you look and look fro then then you notice light from a window and turn just right, there is a room you would never have found unless the shade was open. I have been in houses where you have to go to the barn to get to the guest room above the house, through the barn for the entrance. I have been in a house where all the rooms were open into the kitchen.

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