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Books by David Macaulay
David Macaulay is the well-known author and illustrator of many wonderful,
detailed books for readers of all ages. Superb design, magnificent
illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his
books. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Mr. Macaulay lives
and works in Rhode Island.
David Macaulay - As
an old master craftsman begins work restoring the facade of a once-beautiful
church, clearing away the twigs and other debris left behind by pigeons, he
comes across a wounded bird nesting in one of the many crevices.
Finding pigeons to be messy nuisances, he reluctantly takes her home to
recuperate. They become close companions over
time and take care of each other in their own way. When the old man, Angelo,
begins to slow down, he worries what will become of his little friend as he
grows older. Through his craft, he creates a fitting tribute to her that will
provide her with a home forever.
Children will learn about a life filled with dedication and care to work and a
special friendship. Parents should be aware that Angelo dies at the end of the
book, so they need to be prepared to discuss death. It is only briefly mentioned
and in a gentle way. It could be a good way to discuss the topic and how a
person can make a difference to another, even after death. Macaulay
manages to balance both sadness and humor in this heartwarming tale. It is a
Warm, expressive illustrations. 48 pages, picture book. Ages 4-8.
Paper: #336X $6.95
Rome Antics by
David Macaulay -
Obtain a unique perspective of Rome, and view some of its amazing architecture,
as you follow the meandering journey of a pigeon as she circles very old
buildings, dives through arches, soars over piazzas, views a 15th century church
upside down, and races down narrow streets. The book conveys a sense of this
ancient city's energy as well as an appreciation of its wealth of history and
An aerial drawing of the city, with the pigeon's path marked, is included at the
end of the book, as well as a listing of the structures viewed throughout the
book and brief descriptions of each. We raise pigeons and really enjoyed this
Hardcover, 79 pages. Pen and ink drawings.
Building Big by
- is the companion book to the PBS series by the same name. While the program
focuses on the big picture of the social, historical and environmental
implications of building big structures, the book explores the connections
between planning and design problems and the solutions that are ultimately
reached. Macaulay's questions help the reader to think about the structures they
see and use every day and, most likely, take for granted. A variety of bridges,
tunnels, dams, domes, and skyscrapers around the world are explored, with each
receiving a page or two of text and a full-color illustration.
Not only is the engineering of a structure explained, but a brief history is
given, including information about the designers. A glossary of terms is
included. Children and adults interested in architecture, engineering,
designing, and history will enjoy this fascinating book. 192 pages.
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by David Macaulay. Follow the text and detailed illustrations as a "typical"
castle and adjoining town are planned and built in the 13th century. Excellent.
Caldecott Honor Award-winner.
Paper, 80 pages. Ages 8-12.
the Story of Its Construction by
David Macaulay. Meticulously rendered pen
and ink drawings illustrate this marvelously detailed book about the
construction of a Gothic cathedral in a fictional French town during the 13th
century. Caldecott Honor Award-winner.
Hardcover, 80 pages.
One copy available.
A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by
David Macaulay. Follow the
step-by-step process of building "Roman style." Lots of detailed illustrations
(black and white line art) and interesting text.
Paper, 112 pages. Independent
Reading Level: Ages 8-12.
David Macaulay. Every
time I visit my Dad's family in southern Virginia, I make a point to visit Mabry
Mill, an old 20th century grist mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've always
found its flume system and water wheel fascinating. That's probably why I find
this to be my favorite Macaulay book.
Macaulay uses fictional mills in the town of Wicksville, Rhode Island, to
describe the very real mills developed in New England throughout the 19th
century. He not only describes the planning, construction and operation of these
mills but also what was going on in society during the century as it related to
the mill industry.
He follows a family as they operate four successive mills through the
generations. His excellent drawings and diagrams provide a detailed view of the
different equipment, and I especially liked the journals describing the mill
Ages 10-15. Paper, 128 pages.
David Macaulay -
Follow the construction of a mosque in late-sixteenth-century Turkey. The author
shows the methods and materials used during the time of the famous architect, Sinan, using both text and detailed drawings.
Through the fictional story of Admiral Suha Mehmet Pasa, readers learn how these
amazing structures were built and how they functioned in relation to the society
"As always, Macaulay has given a great deal of attention to the relationship
between pictures and text, creating another brilliant celebration of an
Ages 9-12. Full-color illustrations. Hardcover, 96 pages.
The New Way Things Work
by David Macaulay. With the help of a charming Wooly Mammoth, readers are
introduced to the physical and mechanical world. The book covers the workings of
hundreds of machines and devices: levels, wheels, gears, pulleys, flying,
pressure power, photography, printing, music, electricity, magnetism, sensors,
computers and more. A great reference to have in your family library. This
completely updated and expanded edition describes twelve new machines and
includes more than seventy new pages detailing the latest innovations. The
publisher recommends the book for ages 12+, but this is a great reference to
have around for all ages.
Winner of the 1999 Parentsí Choice Gold Award.
edition, hardcover, 400 pages.
by David Macaulay. The text and illustrations of this book follow the intricate
step-by-step process of building a pyramid. Lots of detailed illustrations with
text that parents will enjoy reading aloud.
Independent reading level: ages