cover image Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaud

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaud

Rachel Rodriguez, , illus. by Julie Paschkis. . Holt, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-8745-1

The team behind Through Georgia’s Eyes pays homage to another singular artist. Often framed by art nouveau embellishments, striking visuals in warm browns and greens show off Gaudí’s work—his organic architectural designs, fantastical ornamental pieces and shapely mosaic structures. Rodríguez’s gently poetic text follows Gaudí’s growth from a boy who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis as he observed his Catalonian world (“All around him is light, form, and/ the Great Book of Nature./ He will read from it all his life”), through his evolution as an increasingly bold artist. An enchanting introduction. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)