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

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Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children's literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral's numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay's intricate pen-and-ink illustrations.

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Overview

Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children's literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral's numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay's intricate pen-and-ink illustrations.

Journey back to centuries long ago and visit the fictional people of twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Europe whose dreams, like Cathedral, stand the test of time.

This title has been selected as a Common Core text exemplar (Grades 6–8, Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Studies).

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Editorial Reviews

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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
From the Publisher

"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: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 338,790
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Critically acclaimed illustrator, David Macaulay, has created more than twenty books for children, among them, Castle (a Caldecott Honor Book), Cathedral, Black and White (a Caldecott medalist), The Way We Work and The Way Things Work (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner). David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont. 

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