“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
I can't recommend these books highly enough, for children as well as adults!
Paschkis' gouache illustrations are wonderfully colorful and beautifully expressive reflections of Gaudi's artistic accomplishments.
After reading the book, you'll want to travel to Spain to see his creations in person--at least that's the effect it had on me!
Great book for Gaudi introduction to a child. Good history, too!! Beautiful drawings in vibrant color. Reasonable price. Go for it.Published 18 months ago 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