Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction
Author/Illustrator: David Macaulay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1973
Brief Summary: Macaulay gives readers a detailed look into the construction of the Gothic cathedral.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year, 1973 Winner United States
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1974 Honor Book United States
- Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Sixth Edition, 1976 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson
- Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson
- Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 ; Children’s Book Council
- Senior High School Library Catalog, Fifteenth Edition, 1997 ; H.W. Wilson
- Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 ; H.W. Wilson
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Why is the cathedral so important to the people of Europe? Why did the people of France/Chutreaux (fictional) decide to build a cathedral?
- History lesson on Europe in the 13th century
- What were some of the challenges the builders faced when they were building the cathedral?
- What are some design features that particularly moved you?
- Art: design your own cathedral or building…what important features would you include and why?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Art: designing and building structures
- Science: simple machines
- Social Studies: culture, history of 13th century Europe
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. preface and glossary
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library