Building on Nature by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez
The Life of Antoni Gaudi

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In a small village in Spain

lives a boy named Antoni Gaudí.


His home is in Catalonia, a place of jagged mountain peaks and silvery olive trees, splashed by the sparkling sea. The wild beauty of this landscape makes a deep impression. He thinks of it as the Great Book of Nature, and he will read from it all of his life.

Gaudí becomes an architect, learning the rules of form and structure that buildings are supposed to follow. But the shapes and colors of the natural world still inspire him, and he works them into his buildings. Leaves climb up walls. Pillars are giant animal feet. A long bench snakes around a playground.

Antoni Gaudí turned nature into art, and in the process he revolutionized the world of architecture.


About Rachel Victoria Rodriguez

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RACHEL RODRÍGUEZ is the author of Through Georgia’s Eyes. She lives in San Francisco, California. JULIE PASCHKIS has illustrated many books for young readers, including Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: AWorldwide Cinderella. She lives in Seattle,Washington.
Published September 1, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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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.

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