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Built to Last 1 Edition
Contributor(s): MacAulay, David
ISBN: 0547342403     ISBN-13: 9780547342405
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: October 2010
Annotation: A revised compilation of three award-winning classics incorporates new research and full-color drawings while revealing the architectural principles behind some of history’s most enduring structures. By the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Way We Work.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Architecture; Juvenile literature.
Building; Juvenile literature.
Castles; Wales; Design and construction; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Architecture
Dewey: 729
LCCN: 2011286216
Lexile Measure: 1280
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.50" W x 1.25" (2.55 lbs) 272 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140832
Reading Level: 8.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51803
Reading Level: 11.9   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
Three of the author's classics -- Cathedral (rev. 10/73), Castle (rev. 10/77), and Mosque (rev. 11/03) -- are substantially revised for an omnibus celebration of the building of historic, monumental structures. Though slimmer, the present volume's trim size matches The Way Things Work (rev. 3/89) and The Way We Work (rev. 9/08). Type size, however, has gradually been diminishing in Macaulay's informational books: this text resembles closely packed newsprint, which may well daunt children. That would be a shame, since (perfect as many of us thought them then) Macaulay's books are actually much improved here, not because full color replaces elegant black and white but for a host of other reasons. Larger, more active figures add visual interest as well as narrative nuance and detail (during a siege in Castle, one chess player is puzzled, the other smug); energetic workmen demonstrate their skills with an occasional bit of realistic humor (in Cathedral, an irate master points to a labeled "measuring stick" while a rueful stoneworker admits his "mistake"). Plow horses, up front in a town-wide spread in Cathedral, lead eyes to the right. Compositions throughout are more animated, with points of view ranging from aerial to close-up: bird's-eye vistas of the castle on its seaside promontory dramatize its relationship to the fortified town growing around it; magnificent old trees loom above workmen felling timber; hands holding a detailed drawing are almost life-size. Some near-schematic drawings in the original books become three-dimensional scenes here. Paradoxically, the diminished level of detail, looser drafting, and color help to define space and action while the whole conveys a clearer -- and more dramatic -- sense of the magnitude of these undertakings. Color also lends enchantment to such scenes as the light-filled cathedral interior and the fire-lit workshop of a Jewish blacksmith in Mosque. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 5 Up—Three of Macaulay's classic construction books, Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque, are combined in one volume, with a wealth of new material added. Rather than merely colorizing the original lines of the first two, the artist created all new illustrations and reworked most of the text for consistency and accuracy. Felt-tipped markers and colored pencils offer striking new views in Castle and Cathedral, matching the depth, detail, and clarity of the earlier versions without the extensive crosshatching used in the original black-and-white drawings. The content of some pictures has changed, frequently adding to the human stories that are told along with the construction. The architectural complexities of the church come through in both versions of Castle, for example, but the new one subtly adds the emotional element of a funeral in progress in the background. Other changes add key steps not covered previously, such as roofing the crypt in Cathedral. Some written passages are expanded and others are more concise, depending on the topic. Some steps, such as the window-making in Cathedral, are placed earlier or later within the narrative. While the first two titles are fully revised works, Mosque remains mostly unchanged, beyond some minor text editing; with a few exceptions, such as the addition of towels for the bathing men, the illustrations are identical. Though most libraries won't want to discard their copies of Cathedral and Castle, the new color artwork and updated content give this three-books-in-one volume high value and strong appeal.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR

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