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Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction

MACAULAY, David

ISBN 10: 0395316685 / ISBN 13: 9780395316689
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1973
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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VG, soft cover, SIGNED by au thor on title page, 77 pps. Spine shows some wear, but is tight, no writing, etc. Inlaid author CV. A bit sun toned with age. Wonderful illustrations and story/ history of construction. Bookseller Inventory # 112804

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Title: Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

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).

Review:

The Gothic cathedral is one of humanity's greatest masterpieces--an architectural feast that couldn't help but attract the attention of renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay. Once an architectural student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Macaulay glories in the intricacies and beauty of structure, as evidenced in his masterful pen-and-ink drawings in critically acclaimed children's books such as Castle, Pyramid, and Rome Antics. He begins Cathedral in 1252, when the people of a fictitious French town named Chutreaux decide to build a cathedral after their existing church is struck by lightning. We first meet the craftspeople, then examine the tools, study their cathedral plans, and watch the laying of the foundation. Week by week we witness the construction of this glorious temple to God. Macaulay intuitively hones in on the details about which we are the most curious: How were those enormously high ceilings built and decorated? How were those 60-foot-high windows made and installed in the 13th century? And how did people haul those huge, heavy bells up into the skyscraper-high towers? Thanks to Macaulay's thorough, thoughtful tribute to the Gothic cathedral, not a stone, turret, or pane of stained glass is left unexamined or unexplained. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson

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