Black and White

Black and White

by David Macaulay


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618636877
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 124,834
Product dimensions: 7.81(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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"This work engages another side of the mind. It's a story; it's a puzzle; it's a game . . . Macaulay refuses to be confined by the conventions of the picture book." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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Black and White 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
jebrou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black and White presents four tales that intertwine like a polyphonic composition. The tales of a boy on a train, parents in a funny mood, a convict's escape, and a late train of commuters seem unrelated at first, but as the stories continue, their relationships become clearer, multidimensional, nonlinear, and surreal. Macaulay is so creative in his interweaving of the stories that they form a fifth story that is an example of narrative emergence.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This puzzling book won the Caldecott Honor. It tells fours seemingly unrelated stories (a boy that is on a train, parents that are distant toward the children, an excaped convict, and a commuter train) that are told over two pages that is divided into four quarters. Eventually, the reader sees that the four stories combine to make a fifth story. When the robber hides in a bunch of cows, that slows the train, which allows the passengers to interact during the wait (including changing the parents attitude).Thought this book can be confusing, kids will enjoy it. It's not just a book. It is also a puzzle. I also think that kids will see something new in the book each time they open it.In the classroom: On the back cover of the book, there is a cow. Encourage the kids to take a closer look and they will see a human figure that is pointing. Ask the kids where they think the man is pointing to and whether he has a clue to the book. Then go through the book and look for the same figure. Who is he and what does he tell you throughout the book?
rjmcwhorter1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are beautiful, and it is well written, but I wouldn't read it to my students in a classroom, because I feel like it might be too hard to follow. There are 4 consecutive stories occurring at once, making it harder to follow and explain.
katiehummel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about cows escaping, a little boy on a train, siblings with confusing parents, and passengers awaiting the arrive of a train. This book is four short stories, but can also be read as one. This book is great for kids because they are forced to look at the stories as one, to try and figure out if they relate to one another. This book will help develop a child's creative thinking.
AmyElizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing picture book. Macaulay tells four stories at the same time, which can be confusing at first glance, but ultimately a welcome difference from your standard picture book. You can read each story separately, solely focusing on one picture per page and thus reading the book four times through and each time being told a different story; or you can read each story simultaneously, if you can keep them straight, but looking at all four pictures on each page. Not only is it unique, but the stories are worth the read.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Black and White: by David Macaulay contains four different stories. The stories move in an out of eachother and sometimes feel more connected than other times. It seems that the point of the story is to show and experience lifes complexities in that there is never just one story unfolding at a particular time.
wendyfincher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains four short stories. One about a young boy riding a train and telling what he is seeing outside the train. The second is about children who have parents who can be unpredictable at times. The third story is about people waiting at a train station for a train that doesn't seem to be showing up anytime soon. And the last story is about many cows. In the end the four stories all relate to one another and tell one complete story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilike the book because black and white are rely funy
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Black and White is a 1991 Caldecott award winner! However I did not really enjoy his book because I found it hard to follow! It jumped between telling three different stories for ex. The first story a little boy is riding a train, the second its about parents and two brothers, and the third is about cattle! I think that 4th grade could read it but i dont think anyone could understand it!Macaulay, David. Black and White. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Macaulay was born Dec. 2, 1946 in England. At age eleven he and his parents moved to New Jersey. Among his many publications is Black And White. This book is very confusing when you try to read it. There are four stories in one book. There is a story about a boy on a train ride called ¿Seeing Things¿. The second is ¿A Waiting Game¿ a story about people on a platform waiting for the train to come. The third story is ¿Problem Parents¿ about a family and their daily routine. Finally there is the story ¿Udder Problems¿, a story about Holstein cows. Even though four separate stories they do tie together. The train that the boy is on is coming in to the platform where the people are waiting. On this train is the father of the family, and the cows get on the tracks and delay the train. The pictures in this book are very attractive. They tend to separate the stories and make them easier to understand. Macaulay, David. Black And White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. Reading Level: 3.4
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: Black and White Reading Level: Third Grade Genre: Fiction About the Author: Since the publication of is first book, Cathedral, a Caldecott Honor recipient, David Macaulay has acquired international acclaim. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and he has been honored with countless awards, including a medal from the American Institute of Architects for being ¿an outstanding illustrator and recorder of architectural accomplishments.¿ His most recent book, The Way Things Work, is a New York Times best seller. Book Review: Black and White is a book that contains a number of stories that do not necessarily occur at the same time. In these stories, there is a train, there is a boy returning to his parents, and there are commuters waiting impatiently. ¿It is a boy¿s first trip alone. He can hardly wait to see his parents again.¿ There are some strange parents, indeed. The boy encounters weird parents dressed up in newspapers singing ¿She¿ll be coming `round the mountain when she comes.¿ ¿I mean, you expect parents to be weird, but this was scary.¿ Then there are the Holstein cows that, when they get out of their field, are almost impossible to find. ¿Ask any farmer. It¿s a nightmare. But it happens.¿ In this book, the reader will be entertained and challenged by the intermingling of the episodes. I personally would not recommend this book and I found it confusing. Bibliographic Information: Macaulay, David. Black and White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Machaulay, David Black and White, published in October 2005 Macaulay was born in Burton-on-Trent, Lancashire, England, on 2 December 1945, son of James and Joan Lowe Macaulay. His books provide an excellent example of the fact that childhood experiences, interests, memories, and associations come to the surface in adult years and have a significant impact upon creative performance. Macaulay won the prestigious award for his intriguing work, Black and White, which tells four stories simultaneously and compels readers to look closely at what is going on within the illustrations. Macaulay, however, is best known for his nonfiction works that teach children about the wonders of architecture from past and present ages. This book was about 4 divergent stories. That related in some way. However I fount this book difficult to read.There was suppose to be a relation between the four stories however the only relation that I could see was newspapers. In two stories people were wearing them. In one a boy caught pieces on them and in another the colors were black and white, cow and a robber. I guess that is the relation¿. The colors back and white. However I think it would be confusing for a child to read. They would not be able to fallow the story and enjoy it. I think they would get aggravated and confused with it and lose interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not at all impressed with Black and White. I have always heard the term, 'seeing things in black or white.' Otherwise, seeing things one way or the other. This book is not like that whatsoever. It is a book that is broken down into four stories that occur at the same time but each has a different setting. Sort of like a movie that has a flash of different scenes that are occuring at the same moment. I think it would be difficult for a child to read this story without having some confusion. I had to reread the story to realize what type of concept the author had. It was a cute story, but like I say, children may be confused. I was really surprised that the author won a Caldecott Medal for this work. Apparently it was based completely on the illustrations. However, according to the Caldecott criteria, it states that the text should not take away from the book. The text definitely took away and proved to be confusing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Medal Award winner is absolutely amazing and one of a kind. This book is guaranteed to capture the reader¿s attention from the very second it is opened until its finished. This book is very unique because it has four different stories in one book. In fact, the beginning of each story is on the first two pages, two stories on one page and two stories on the next and so on. The author warns the reader that it may be four different stories or it may just be one, and the reader would have to cautiously inspect the words and illustrations. The author immediately catches the audience and readers attention by getting them to pay close attention to both words and illustrations to see if they can figure out if its one story or four. The book has very extraordinary and notable illustrations which have different appearances for each story. Although the stories are all fantastically well written, they may be a little difficult for some readers to keep up with. The appropriate audience for this book is third through fifth grade. The extremely talented author and illustrator of this book is David Macaulay. David has written numerous other books some of which have been translated into twelve languages. Macaulay, David. Black and White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black and White is a Caldecott award book. This book is very different. It may be more than one story or if you think about it, it may just be one. A little boy is on a train going back home to see his parents on his ride home the train encounters a problem. ¿The conductor announces that something is blocking the tracks.¿ The little boy looks out the window. How many stories does this book have going on at the same time. This book would be good for grades 4-8. This book was okay. I had a hard time reading it because so many things were happening at once. I think it would also be hard for children to read. This book is a fantasy book. This book was written by David Macaulay. His books have been translated into a dozen different languages. He has recieved many awards. He has written many book, such as, The Way, Mill, and Castle. Macaulay, Donald. Black and White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shawna Wyatt Book Review Black and White Authored By: David Macaulay This book has four odd stories in the book going on at once. This book kind of confused me at first but after reading the book and thinking about it, I realized it really resembles true life. In real life we have lots of things going on at once. This book would be a book for an advanced reader in an upper elementary school class. David Macaulay was born December 2, 1946. He was 1 when his parents moved from England to New Jersey. When in the Untied States he began to draw seriously. He studied his craft at Rhode Island School of Design.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book comes with a warning! If you want to know what it is you'll have to read the book 'Black and White' by David Macaulay. This book has four stories which eventually end up coming together after several different adventures. One story is about a boy's 'first trip alone.' Another story include some cows who, 'if they ever get out of the field, they're almost impossible to find.' This is a great story for children ages 8 to 10. The author of the story, David Macaulay has sold over two million copies of his books in the United States alone, and originally received a Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design! Macaulay, David. Black and White. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for kids to read by themselves. It's a series of seemingly four separate, odd stories (two stories on each page). One story is about a boy on a train, the other about kids and their parents' routine, the third is about passengers waiting for a train, and the fourth is about Holstein cows. They're all very odd stories the parents come home wearing newspaper, Holstein cows are difficult to see, and there are pieces of newspaper flying in the air like snow. This 1991 Caldecott Medal book is for ages 7-10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warning! This book can get pretty crazy! David Macauley appears to use different stories all at one time in this book, or is it all just one story with different parts? Kids will really enjoy trying to piece together the stories of crazy parents, a train ride home, escaping cattle, and a train stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is it one story or four stories? Do the stories go together or are they separate and have nothing in common. The author David Maccaulay lets the reader decide. The one thing the reader does discover is there is a boy traveling on a train, there are commuters waiting for a train, there are cows blocking a train, and then there are some really odd parents. Everything is there for the reader in black and white. Not just the newspapers and the Holstein cows, but the stories. However, there is a warning with this book, ¿WARNING. This book appears to contain a number of stories that do not necessarily occur at the same time. Then again, it may contain only one story. In any event, careful inspection of both words and pictures is recommended.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ingenious book by David Macauley which will leave the reader guessing right until the end and beyond. In this work, the author utilizes a unique literary device in plot development. This book actually contains four stories which are all interwoven to tell one story. There is a boy returning to his parents by train, a heard of Holstein cows, a group of commuters waiting on a railway platform, and weird parents who dress up in newspapers. The actual events of the story are open to many interpretations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black and White, by David Macaulay, is not one story but 4. Reader's are left to deceipher the stories and view how they are intertwined. Reader's are able to figure the stories out or create their own. That is why the theme of the book, is things aren't always what they seem. The stories are divided up into different sections, Seeing Things, A Waiting Game, Problem Parents, and Udder Chaos. Each of the stories are completely seperate, or are they? The book describes everything from a child on a train ride, quirky parents wearing newspapers, a train station, and Holstein cows that are good for camouflage. A good book for grades K-3. David Macaulay, the author/illustrator not only used words, but what really told the story was his pictures. The detail and action in each portion are what really tells the story. David was born Dec. 2, 1946, in Lancashire, England. At age 11, he and his family moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey. It was at this time that he began to draw. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a BA in architecture. In his fifth year at RISD, he joined the honors program where he was able to study in Rome, Herculaneum, and Pompeii. Since then Macaulay has received numerous awards, sold millions of books, and his books have been translated into a dozen of languages. The book, Black and White won the Caldecott Award in 1991. Reading the book, I found it very interesting. Even though I had to read it a dozen times. The pictures were amazing, and even the story. Never in one child's book, could you imagine reading 4 different stories. I like this book mainly because it was different, stays on your mind, and forces you to think. There are not that many books that do that. Macaulay, David. Black and White. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.