In a Chinese toulou, children eat on the first floor, play in the second floor hall, and sleep upstairs with their parents. An earthen castle in Togo accommodates livestock and laundry in an inner courtyard, and sleeps single occupants in short, round rooms under the roof.
Glorious photos outside each home are followed by detailed cross-section diagrams, with captions that call out family composition, how space is used, environmental conditions that affect design, and how the inhabitants (people and animals) live.
The table of contents is a map, locating the homes in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Romania, Senegal, Spain, Togo, and Tunisia. Paperback, 44 pages. Ages 3 and up.