Stone Giantby Jane Sutcliffe (Author), John Shelley (Illustrator)
Michelangelo’s David and how he came to be!
The enormous block of marble or “giant” stood three times taller than the people of the city of Florence. It had been there for the last 40 years! It was worn out and weathered now. But it wasn’t always like that.
In the beginning, the “giant” was part of the big city plan. The people of Florence had wanted it to be the statue of David. They found that the city of Florence was like David in so many ways. Like David, the small city of Florence had fought against bigger, more powerful kingdoms to become a small proud republic.
But things didn’t really turn out as planned!
Now, Michelangelo knew about the giant. His friends from Florence wrote to him and urged him to do something about it. So Michelangelo came. Immediately, he got to work. He started to measure and inspect. He looked at the weathered and beaten piece of stone that everyone saw. But Michelangelo saw something else. He saw David – “his” David.
“Stone Giant” is a well written, beautifully illustrated book about how “David” came to be. As the story goes, Michelangelo worked over 3 years and chiseled the 18 foot statue until it was finished. Sutcliffe paints a fascinating historical narrative, easy to understand and follow for the youngest of readers.
John Shelley’s well detailed, pen-and-ink, watercolor illustrations add to the Renaissance flavor. And yes, the statue is depicted in its full nudity Sketches of Michelangelo sculpting the various pieces, the people watching in anticipation and the final statue reveal are sure to grab readers attention.
This is a wonderful picture book as an introduction to architecture and culture to every age group. A great book to add to your home library or school library.
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