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Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (1973)

by David Macaulay

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Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a magnificent Gothic cathedral in the imaginary French town of Chutreaux during the thirteenth century.

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Macaulay has a unique way of presenting the structures he draws in clear and understandable ways. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 13, 2023 |
The origin story at our house. Peter was 3.5 and this was his preferred story. ( )
  FamiliesUnitedLL | Mar 25, 2023 |
  Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |
Imagine what readers, teachers, librarians, and publishers thought when this, a children's picture book about the building of a fictional medieval French cathedral illustrated in black and white pen-and-ink, was released in 1973. The text is accompanied by large-scale drawings of stunning birds-eye views interspersed with instructional sketches of life on the ground. It must have blown everyone's minds. It was named a Caldecott Honor book.

(these samples don't do it justice - you must see it in its original large format.)

Despite loving David Macaulay's PBS programs Cathedral and Castle since childhood, I had never read this book until now. The programs followed me through my education from elementary school to community college and I later bought them on DVD so I could continue watching them at home and share them with my children. His drawing style influenced my own, which I believe later influenced my daughter's. I had the opportunity to meet Macaulay after a lecture at Utah State University in October, 2014 and he was as smart, kind, and creative as I always thought he was. He not only signed our copy of Cathedral, but he also left an original drawing on the title page. I'll treasure it forever. ( )
  bibliothecarivs | Sep 4, 2022 |
Same series as "City" and "Castle", the shortest one and therefore most abridged. The perspective is a bit out on the sketches on this one. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
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