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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." And a story is born! In the Caldecott Honor Book Castle, David Macaulay--author, illustrator, former architect and teacher--sets his sights on 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. This talented author also has a keen sense of irony and tragedy, which is played out in the intricacies of the human story: a castle can be built as a fortress, but ultimately it becomes obsolete when humans discover that cooperation works best. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I highly recommend any book by David Macaulay. Both children and adults will be captivated by the wonderful drawings.Published on Aug. 13 2003
This book is great! It taught me a lot about castles. It has great pictures, and a superb storyline. It will always remain one of my favorite books!Published on March 9 1999
This book is a must get for information on castles! It made everything clear about castles!Published on March 9 1999
I read this book when I was about twelve and fell in love with it. It wasn't only the pictures that captured my imagination, but also the story. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 1999 by email@example.com
I received this book as a gift when I was 13 and it remained a cherished favorite of mine for years. I now 'read' the same copy to my 3 year old who loves the pictures. Read morePublished on Dec 2 1997