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Angelo by David Macaulay
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"Angelo" is about a nice elderly Italian man who restores old churches and nurtures an injured pigeon back to health. The story is gentle and highlights compassion and appreciating the finer things in life. The illustrations are creative and add depth to the book. There is much more to the story than just the printed words, and there are delightful discoveries to be found on every page. ( )
  Thomasjfkb | Aug 24, 2018 |
This poignant story of an artist and a wounded pigeon reveals the craft of architectural restoration as Angelo works high above the rooftops of Rome, restoring the façade of a once glorious church. Among the sticks and feathers to be cleared away, Angelo discovers a wounded bird. Finding no safe place to leave her, Angelo becomes the bird’s reluctant savior. As his work on the church nears completion, Angelo begins to worry about the future of his aviary friend. “What will become of you? Where will you go . . . where will you . . . live?” he asks her. Angelo's solution for his friend touches a reader's heart.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jun 9, 2017 |
This is a touching story between two unlikely friends who end up switching caretaker roles. The illustrations are charming as well. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
"Angelo" by David Macaulay is about a man named Angelo that words oin restoring a chapel in Rome for many years. One day Angelo discovers and injured pigeon and helps it back to health. The pigeon helps Angelo with his work until he dies. An interesting and sad story about work, life, and preservation. ( )
  abruser | Mar 27, 2012 |
This is a prototypical "odd couple" story...one character damages church facades, and the other restores them; what basis is that for a friendship? Of course, compassion is the basis, and also the basis for the unfolding of this wonderful story. In the telling, Macaulay gets to show off Rome as it should be appreciated, close up from wonderful angles. ( )
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This book is about Angelo an old person who works in construction and meets a bird, they start getting to know each other day by day, until the bird notices that Angelo is getting old and tired. It is a sentimental book, because the end is not the best but it talks a lot about friendship, caring, and charisma. Teachers can read this book in class, and tell their student that a friendship never ends if you keep it strong.
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From the creator of The New Way Things Work, Castle, and Black and White, comes a poignant tale of a very curious friendship. Angelo is an old Italian craftsman who restores facades of Roman buildings. Sweeping away feathers and twigs left "by generations of thoughtless pigeons" one day, Angelo comes face to beak with his nemesis. This pigeon isn't looking so good, though, and in spite of himself, Angelo takes her home and brings her back to health, grumpily commenting, "Mamma mia! I restore walls, not pigeons." It's not long before this lonely old man grows attached to the bird, though, and makes a touching, lasting gesture to her in the final hours before his death.

David Macaulay's unusual story is funny and touching, if jarring at times, as when the narrative makes inexplicable leaps with no transition. He uses his familiar illustrative style to greatest effect in depicting the clutter of Roman rooftops and close-ups of crumbling walls and sculpture's toes. Also lovely are the images of twigs and feathers that frame the book, scattered even across the dedication and copyright pages. (Ages 6 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:11 -0400)

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While restoring the front of a church, an old plasterer rescues several injured pigeons and nurses them back to health.

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