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Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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“An enchanting introduction.” ―Publishers Weekly
“On one level, the result is a book that uses the artist's timeless works to construct a sprawling but coherent illustration of the creative process. On another, it is simply pure joy to look at.” ―Booklist, starred review
“There's plenty here to have young aesthetes hankering for a plane ticket to Spain.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“An accessible introduction to a man who was inspired by the natural world to create some highly original buildings.” ―School Library Journal
“How wild and wonderful imaginings are realized in architecture is the subject of Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudí, written by San Francisco author Rachel Rodríguez and illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Holt; 32 pages; $16.99; ages 5-8). Curvy structures such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona ‘sparkle and glitter and whisper with joy,' according to this charming portrait of their Catalonian designer.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Rodriguez writes with a lyrical vitality…that suits her subject's radiant, innovative constructions.” ―BCCB
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What I find in the warmly-illustrated pages is a likeable man! A devout Catholic, a lover of nature and of poverty, married to his life's hard work. Perhaps his art isn't traditional, in any shape or form, but there is a genuine aspect of Gaudi's work that one can't help being attracted to.
This picture book does a good job of bringing his life and work to young children and it is a fun read aloud, written in the present tense, in poetic lines. The author's note adds important biographical information including the fact that he was a very early recycler, using all sort of discarded materials in his buildings. A list of websites is also listed. I found this list of buildings with photos very useful!
His buildings became colorfully whimsical and imaginative. People weren't so sure they really liked this sort of thing and weren't used to "Gaudí's bright colors." There were climbing vines, birds, and unusual little touches that were uniquely his. He made a peephole that looked as if a honeycomb were built into the door and then there was the door knocker that would smash a "bedbug underneath." Such vision and ingenuity weren't always welcome. His work began to get bolder and more imaginative. "Casa Milà waves and swells. Rounded rooms cluster into a giant beehive. Gaudí is turning nature into art." Some people detested his work, but he was only interested in listening to his heart.
This is an amazing biography that seems to catch the personality of Antoni Gaudí perfectly. The artwork and the text mesh perfectly to create a stunning little portrait of this world renown architect. I loved the colors and the way the text and the artwork swirled through the pages. In the back of the book is a brief biography of Antoni, a selected bibliography and additional recommended web site resources. This is an inspired work about an inspired artist that will be a welcome addition to any shelves, even orange crates!
I had never heard of Gaudi or any of his buildings, so the whole book was new information for me. I liked the simplicity of the text and way the author shows how Gaudi's work evolves and grows, how he tries ideas no one has ever tried before.
An author's note, a list of photos available online, and a bibliography in the back adds more information about Gaudi for those who are interested in learning more.
A bit:"He designs a gate for his friend Guell's country home.
A dragon perches atop diamonds and squares, baring his fangs and slithery tongue. Gaudi's creations get braver."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for Gaudi introduction to a child. Good history, too!! Beautiful drawings in vibrant color. Reasonable price. Go for it.Published on August 21, 2013 by Sue La
We bought this book in preparation for an upcoming trip to Barcelona. My child picks it up every day, we choose a page, find a photograph of the same work and enjoy comparing it... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by KAP
I'm an adult that has this book as a coffee table book. I love Gaudi and the book is wonderfully done.Published on October 9, 2011 by K. Cruikshank
My kids loved this book. I ordered it before taking a trip to Barcelona and in a fun way, it prepared them to what they were going to see once we got there.Published on July 30, 2011 by Fernando Munoz
My children have enjoyed many readings of Rodriguez and Paschkis' first collaboration: Through Georgia's Eyes. R&P's sophomore effort hits the mark again. Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by peachboy
Building on Nature is a gorgeous book. I loved this author/illustrator pair's first book on Georgia O'Keefe, so I was excited to see that they've published one on Gaudi, and it is... Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by Marja Mogk
Rachel Rodriguez has a wonderful ability to write lyrical descriptions of complicated buildings in language accessible to children yet enjoyable for adults. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Lisa Rothman