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Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (Sandpiper) [Paperback]

By David Macaulay (Author)
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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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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).

Citations And Professional Reviews
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (Sandpiper) by David Macaulay has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 561
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 287
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1992 page 287
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 225
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 311
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 224
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 256
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 265
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 284
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 353
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 395

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Graphia
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.8" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 26, 1981
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  10-14
ISBN  0395316685  
ISBN13  9780395316689  

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Caldecott Medal award winner and MacArthur fellow David Macaulay has illustrated and written over 25 books for children. His most famous work includes The Way Things Work and Cathedral. His illustrations have been featured in popular, nonfiction books combining text and illustrations explaining architecture, design, and engineering.

David Macaulay currently resides in the state of Rhode Island.

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4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Medieval
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6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Religious Buildings

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Reviews - What do customers think about Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (Sandpiper)?

Macaulay's books  Jan 20, 2007
This book lives up to my expectations of David Macaulay's books in that it's very well drawn, has an abundant amount of useful information and is presented in a clear, exciting manner!
Another Macaulay Masterpiece  Nov 23, 2006
Second only to his magnum opus, Castle, this 1981 book continues David Macaulay's tradition of creating intricate (but welcoming and friendly) illustrations as an accompaniment to the telling of his informative tales. Taking its place in a grand series that has included Pyramid, Mill, Castle, Unbuilding, and others, Cathedral details the design and creation of one of the great Gothic churches that came to exist across western Europe during the Age of Faith. The setting here is France during the intellectually-towering High Middle Ages, and in careful steps we come to understand firstly what motivated people to undertake a construction project on such a scale, secondly how the construction was carried out, and finally how a Gothic cathedral, truly a structure that seems to soar untethered to earth, is able to stand so proudly close to a millennium after its dedication. Most marvelously of all, unlike virtually every other Medieval building, the great worship places are still largely in use today, fulfilling their original purposes and continuing on as a tribute to and testimony of the genius of those who erected them. David Macaulay is a master and a treasure, and a book like his teaches without effort. Like all great things, his books are joys to re-visit over the course of a lifetime.
An excellent masterpiece!  Feb 1, 2006
Words are useless to describe this masterpiece created by David Macaulay.

I have visited France (more specifically Paris, Rheims, Chartres, Chambord, Versailles, Chenonceau) and went on a "cathedral pilgrimage" to see all the greatest French gothic cathedrals.

After picking up this book in my local library, I was spellbound by the beauty of Macaulay's drawings. Macaulay is able to recreate the majesticness and grandeur of the cathedrals and draws you into the cathedral. You can almost hear the cathedral choir singing in the backround and the quite chanting of the people.

Macaulay's drawings are first rate (no wonder this masterpiece won the Caldacot Medal!)

This book should be read by everyone to show what people can achieve through determination and having a united goal.

This just occurred to me.... why do man's most significant and most beautiful works of art and architecture result from their religion?

David Macaulay's book is pure gold! BUY THIS BOOK, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
spellbinding for children and adults alike  Aug 12, 2005
Like all of Macaulay's architectural books, CATHEDRAL is ripe with vivid illustrations that are both enthralling and educational to behold. The drawings not only illustrate the cathedral's method of construction, but convey the presence and majesty of the space as well. One feels the dizzying height of the tower and the formidable strength of the foundation stones. I was always amazed at the ingenuity of the laborers in completing tasks that I would have otherwise felt impossible to attemp without power tools.

While it is hard to predict whether today's children will find the book as captivating as I did in the pre-internet era, I feel that David Macaulay's books make excellent gifts to children. Not only do they stimulate the imagination, but they educate children on architecture, history and culture, and show that magnificent works can be accomplished through cooperation, creativity, planning and hard work. Not bad for a few bucks! I recommend you splurge on the hardback, because this is a book you'll enjoy literally for decades.
A wonderful introduction to architecture and the Middle Ages  Jan 10, 2004
Having just finished a great book called "Great Cathedrals", filled with 400 pages of jaw-dropping photographs, I kept wondering how in the world they could have built such marvelous edifices with rudimentary implements over 800 years ago. David Macaulay's "Cathedral" is a book ostensibly written for children but which will fascinate readers of all ages. In scarcely 80 pages, Macaulay takes us back in time to the year 1252 in the fictional French village of Chutreaux where the people decide to build the "longest, widest, highest and most beautiful cathedral in all of France" for the glory of God. Macaulay's text is minimal, but his exquisite black and white line drawings say it all: the step-by-step stages in the building's construction, the craftsmen and the tools they used, and the dedication that kept this project going for 80 years until its completion. We feel a sense of awe at the dedication of the original architects and craftsmen and builders who knew that they would be long dead before the cathedral was finally finished. Macaulay's glossary at the end of the book helps us to understand the major elements of the Gothic cathedral, and his cross-sections and diagrams provide clear illustration of just how the cathedral rose from its foundations. At the end of this volume, we share the awe and pride the townspeople felt at having shared a goal for over 80 years and making it a reality. Macaulay's "Cathedral" is a marvelous creation in more ways than one.

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