Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came To Be
Jane Sutcliffe & John Shelley
Charlesbridge, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ane Sutcliffe retells the story of the creation of one of the most famous statues in the world – Michelangelo Buonarroti's sculpture of the shepherd boy from the Bible who killed the giant warrior, Goliath.
he huge block of marble David was carved from rested in Florence, Italy, for over forty years before Michelangelo began the three year task of transforming it from a weathered block of stone to a breathtaking image of a young man.
nce finished, David had to then be moved from the workshop where he was created to a place of honor in Florence's city square. It took forty men four days to move the eighteen foot statue and get it up on a pedestal where everyone could admire it.
illed with period detail and featuring vibrant color, John Shelley's illustrations bring the narrative alive and add the visual dimension that makes this picture book so special and one that both children and adults well enjoy reading.
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