Castle

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Author: David Macaulay
Illustrations by David Macaulay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Paperback
Ages: 9-12
Period: 13th century England, Middle Ages; Non-Fiction
A Caldecott Honor book

Imagine yourself in 13th-century England. King Edward I has just named the fictitious Kevin le Strange to be the Lord of Aberwyvern--"a rich but rebellious area of Northwest Wales." Lord Kevin's first task is to oversee the construction of a strategically placed castle and town in order to assure that England can "dominate the Welsh once and for all." With Castle, David Macaulay turns his talent for unmasking architectural structures to the creation and destiny of Lord Kevin's magnificent castle perched on a bluff overlooking the sea. Brick by brick, tool by tool, worker by worker, we witness the methodical construction of a castle through exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. Children who love to know how things work especially appreciate Macaulay's passion for process and engineering. Moats, arrow loops, plumbing, dungeons, and weaponry are all explained in satisfying detail.

Don't miss David Macaulay's other fabulous books: Cathedral, City, Mill, Mosque, The New Way Things Work, Pyramid, Rome Antics, Ship, Unbuilding, and Underground.

         

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