Friday, October 02, 2009

Ana's Picture Book of the Week

Building on Nature, The Life of Antoni Gaudi by Rachel Rodriguez, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, 2009 Henry Holt, 32 pages.

Like most art students and lovers, I have had mixed feelings about the architecture of Gaudi all my life. When our oldes son visited Barcelona and sent pictures of Gaudi buildings, I planned on learning more about him. Now I find this new and remarkable picture book telling children about a man who was perhaps little understood during his lifetime.

What I find in the warmly-illustrated pages is a likeable man! A devout Catholic, a lover of nature and of poverty, married to his life's hard work. Perhaps his art isn't traditional, in any shape or form, but there is a genuine aspect of Gaudi's work that one can't help being attracted to.

This picture book does a good job of bringing his life and work to young children and it is a fun read aloud, written in the present tense, in poetic lines. The author's note adds important biographical information including the fact that he was a very early recycler, using all sort of discarded materials in his buildings. A list of websites is also listed. I found this list of buildings with photos very useful!


Cay Gibson said...

Ohhhhh, another goodie! Thank you, Ana! :-)

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

You are welcome, Cay! Picture books bring joy into our homeschooling life for sure!