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Title:
Black and white
Author:
Macaulay, David.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
Summary:
Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 44136.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 2 Quiz: 01295.
ISBN:
9780395521519
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Four stories are told simultaneously, with each double-page spread divided into quadrants. The stories do not necessarily take place at the same moment in time, but are they really one story?


Author Notes

David Macaulay was born on December 2, 1946 in Lancashire, England, but moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey when he was 11. He received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Before becoming an author and illustrator, he worked as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and instructor of interior design at RISD from 1969 to 1973.

His first book, Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, was published in 1973. His other books include City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Mosque, The Way Things Work, Rome Antics, Shortcut,and How Machines Work. He has received numerous awards including a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1991 for Black and White and the Washington Children's Book Guild Award for a Body of Non-Fiction Work in 1977. He won the Royal Society young people¿s book prize for the best science books for children for his book How Machines Work.

(Bowker Author Biography) David Macauley is the author & illustrator of many exciting & unusual books for readers of all ages, including, "The New Way Things Work." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, & clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. Whether chronicling the monumental achievements of past civilizations or satirizing modern architecture, he is concerned above all with how constructions are made & what their effects are on people & their lives. He lives in Rhode Island.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-6, younger for reading aloud. See Focus, p.1546.


Publisher's Weekly Review

At first glance, this is a collection of four unrelated stories, each occupying a quarter of every two-page spread, and each a slight enough tale to seem barely worth a book--a boy on a train, parents in a funny mood, a convict's escape and a late commuter train. The magic of Black and White comes not from each story, however, but from the mysterious interactions between them that creates a fifth story. Several motifs linking the tales are immediately apparent, such as trains--real and toy--and newspapers. A second or third reading reveals suggestions of the title theme: Holstein cows, prison uniform stripes. Eventually, the stories begin to merge into a surrealistic tale spanning several levels of reality, e.g.: Are characters in one story traveling on the toy train in another? Answers are never provided--this is not a mystery or puzzle book. Instead, Black and White challenges the reader to use text and pictures in unexpected ways. Although the novelty will wear off quickly for adults, no other writer for adults or children explores this unusual territory the way Macaulay does. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved