Saturday, October 17, 2009

Building on Nature Rachel Rodriguez Julie Paschkis

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi by Rachel Rodriguez illus. Julie Paschkis

This is the story of Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect. Gaudi's work is influenced by the world around him. Rodriquez quickly establishes Gaudi's connection with nature. We first meet a young Gaudi on mountain peaks in Catalonia. Rodriquez text is informative and very appealing. Managing to be educational and entertaining at the same time.

"Casa Mila causes an uproar./A few people even hate it./"What is this?" they ask./"A mountain." some guess./ "Or a hornet's nest," Maybe it's a sand castle or a giant cake. Some say Gaudi's building is laughing at the others on its street. Casa Mila fascinates everyone."

I loved Paschkis illustrations. First impression - gorgeous. Second and third - warm, beauty . I was taken in by the colors, angles, shapes, Gaudi and of course the architecture. Rodriquez and Paschkis have created a wonderful biography of Antoni Gaudi, someone many young readers may be unfamiliar with. I highly recommend it. Ages 5 up
A few professionial reviews via the author's site


Bam-Bam said...

Awesome! I love Gaudi and I've never seen a kid's book about him and I think they would really appreciate his work.

Doret said...

B- Its a beautiful biography, adult fans of Gaudi would love it.