Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Revised and in Full Color

Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Revised and in Full Color

by David Macaulay
     
 


David Macaulay's masterpiece comes to new life. In this first ever stand-alone full color edition, retrace the intricate step-by-step process of cathedral's construction in light of newly researched information.See more details below

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David Macaulay's masterpiece comes to new life. In this first ever stand-alone full color edition, retrace the intricate step-by-step process of cathedral's construction in light of newly researched information.

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"Clearly labeled diagrams; a detailed, complete, and informative glossary; and the use of full-color spreads to bring the buildings and their inhabitants or parishioners to like make these excellent additions."
School Library Journal

"This marvelous book recreates the building of a French Gothic cathedral from the hewing down of half a forest to the placement of the last sheet of lead on the spire. Macaulay uses voluminous knowledge and pen-and-ink sketches accompanied by a brief clear narrative." Time Magazine
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Originally published in 1973, David Macaulay's Caldecott Honor Award book has been significantly revised, primarily by recreating full-color illustrations in place of the elegant black and white drawings of the earlier publication. Over the years, this book was made into a PBS special, which allowed Macaulay to work with numerous experts to refine details of cathedral construction, and that information is also reflected in this revised edition. What remains consistent is the goal of creating for readers a very personal perspective on a very large undertaking—in the case of this exemplar Gothic cathedral, an undertaking that involved hundreds of craftsmen and nearly a hundred years to complete. Such a huge commitment of time and resources reminds us what a potent force the Catholic Church was in Europe for many centuries. The architecture inspired by such beliefs often endures to this day. Cathedral—as well as Macaulay's other books on building and how things work— should be staples of any school or public library. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 3–8—Macaulay's Cathedral (1973) and Castle (1977, both Houghton) were landmark titles for children, appealing to both those interested in history and architecture, as well as to some who found the pictures fascinating in and of themselves. Reissued with the pictures in color, they remain timeless staples for the architectural crowd. The fluid and informative texts remain basically unchanged except for some subtle clarifications and updates, with the stories of the building of the fictitious Cathedral of Chutreaux and Lord Kevin le Strange's Castle at Aberwyvern still maintaining dramatic tension even as they serve as vehicles for explaining building techniques and features. The illustrations have been extensively reworked, with cross sections replaced by dramatic three-dimensional views. The use of color is muted, employing mostly the greens, browns, grays, and blues of nature; and it is certainly effective. The older editions are enriched by viewing alongside the new ones, and vice versa. Clearly labeled diagrams; a detailed, complete, and informative glossary; and the use of full-color spreads to bring the buildings and their inhabitants or parishioners to life make these excellent additions.—Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544100008
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
397,049
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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"This marvelous book recreates the building of a French Gothic cathedral from the hewing down of half a forest to the placement of the last sheet of lead on the spire. Macaulay uses voluminous knowledge and pen-and-ink sketches accompanied by a brief clear narrative." Time Magazine

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