Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1973 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 77 pages
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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.

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 68, Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Studies).

  

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Review: Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

User Review  - Benjamin Thomas - Goodreads

Nice reference work on how a medieval cathedral in France was built over nearly 100 years. The text is interesting and valuable but the major attraction here is the finely detailed drawings of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda Northrup - Goodreads

I always marveled at these structures, but this book gave me a much deeper appreciation. I never thought so much about what processes were needed to lift stone blocks over 100 feet in the air in the ... Read full review

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David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books.
David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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