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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Built to Last is a compilation of David Macaulay's books Castle,Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction and Mosque. At $10 on Amazon, this hardbook book is hard to beat. My nine-year-old-Lego-loving-son thoroughly enjoys browsing through the pages of this fantastic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
David Macaulay's books are written so a teen or younger can understand, but are actually fascinatingly educational for adults too. I have a Ph.D in engineering and still love to read them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
I have always like David Macaulay's work and as a child really liked his "The Way Things Work". Built to Last follows a similar path as that book only with architectural wonders that have stood the test of time. The illustrations are fascinating and allow you to see the true labor that is necessary to build these structures. Castle and Cathedral were stand alone books that have been brought together with Mosque to give a unique description of how these buildings came to be. The book also shows how distinctly different each building was made yet, how each technique has stood the test of time. It really got me thinking as a child and I remember using my lego's to mimic the buildings. I am a father now and I wanted to instill the same wonderment in my son so I picked this up. The new color illustrations are fantastic and you can tell a lot of work went in to make them look really good. (Original was black and white and in order to make them color and look right the drawings had to be redone). While the content of the book might be a little over the head of a small child the images inspire the inner engineer and I think that is great.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 3, 2013
The books themselves are wonderful and capture ones imagination and let children relive history, but the kindle version is terrible. The resolution of the images is terrible! so then they repeat illustrations and text so you are left totally confused. Tried on 8.9" fire and iPad app all, equally poor resolution.The text has no flow and is impossible to read. Needs to be rescanned at high resolution so that at least on a tablet one can get the flavor of the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This appeals to all ages and interest levels - wonderful illustrations and explanations one would refer to often - for fun and also scholarly curiosity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
I bought this book for grandkids and definately enjoyed reviewing it before giving it to them. Hope they will appreciate it as they grow and begin to understand the concepts. Wonderfully, creatively illustrated.Shoud be in every kids library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
This is really a wonderful book for kids, especially for little boys to ask questions about everything. We refer to it constantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I am an architect who purchase this for a 10 year old niece. Clear drawings, good explanations on the historic building process.
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on December 28, 2012
My grandson loves this book and compares old methods to how things are done to day ~ not built to last.
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on November 19, 2012
Our grandson loved this book. We have taken him to medieval events, and now he's interested in how people in medieval times were able to perform the wonderful works they did.
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