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Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi
Contributor(s): Rodriguez, Rachel, Paschkis, Julie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805087451     ISBN-13: 9780805087451
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2009
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Annotation: Antoni Gaudi grew up in Catalonia, a place of wild beauty. He moved to Barcelona to become an architect, learning the rules of form and structure that buildings were supposed to follow. Yet he never forgot the shapes and colors of his childhood home.

Antoni Gaudi turned nature into art, and in the process he revolutionized the world of architecture.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Architects; Spain; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Picture books for children.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Architecture
Dewey: 720.92
LCCN: 2008038213
Lexile Measure: 550
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (0.88 lbs) 29 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 134367
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47804
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

RACHEL RODRÍGUEZ is the author of Through Georgia's Eyes. She lives in San Francisco, California.


JULIE PASCHKIS has illustrated many books for young readers, including Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: AWorldwide Cinderella. She lives in Seattle,Washington.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Using pared-down, present-tense text, Rodriguez introduces the innovative Spanish architect, including his childhood influences. Gaudi's use of flowing naturalistic forms and colorful tiles is faithfully depicted in Paschkis's bright, sinuous gouache art (although the pictures lack the contrast that Gaudi's buildings have in the world). Still, this book should have plenty of appeal and relevance to young drip-castle creators. Websites. Bib. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 August #2)

The team behind Through Georgia's Eyes pays homage to another singular artist. Often framed by art nouveau embellishments, striking visuals in warm browns and greens show off Gaud's work—his organic architectural designs, fantastical ornamental pieces and shapely mosaic structures. Rodrguez's gently poetic text follows Gaud's growth from a boy who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis as he observed his Catalonian world ("All around him is light, form, and/ the Great Book of Nature./ He will read from it all his life"), through his evolution as an increasingly bold artist. An enchanting introduction. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 September)

Gr 3–6—Gaud was born in Spain in 1852. He rejected the popular Gothic style and embraced the modern curves of Art Nouveau. Short sentences tell of the architect's boyhood in Catalonia, his love of nature, and his early influences and inspiration. Gouache illustrations playfully re-create Casa Batll, Casa Mil, and other structures. "For Gaud, building is serious./Everything must function./But he isn't afraid to use/his imagination." He incorporated nature inside and outside his creations. A list of Web sites direct readers to photographs of Gaud's works. An accessible introduction to a man who was inspired by the natural world to create some highly original buildings.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

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