by David Macaulay

Hardcover, 1983



Local notes

677 Mac



HMH Books for Young Readers (1983), Edition: First Edition, 128 pages


The mills at Wicksbridge are imaginary, but their planning, construction, and operation are quite typical of mills developed in New England throughout the nineteenth century.


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Physical description

128 p.; 9 inches


0395348307 / 9780395348307





User reviews

LibraryThing member Stbalbach
This is my first Macaulay book and I couldn't be more happy, a remarkable achievement of form and function. The progression of time, from 1800 to the present, encapsulates the character and spirit of the Industrial Revolution. The ghosts are around still, many an old mills stony ruins still lay open to explore along woody river banks. Mills were a high-technology of the day, Macaulay's hyper-real pictures and expert explanation both demystifies and creates a new romance and love through skillful storytelling and beautiful artwork. Mill was published almost 25 years ago before global warming was much of a concern, and the books examples unwittingly show exactly where and how things went wrong, as the mill transitioned from water power to coal power in the 1870s, it no longer seems abstract.. Of all Macaulay's books this is the one that will probably be closest to home, the most immediate to my personal experience, but I look forward to reading many more of his remarkable books, almost all wining multiple prestigious awards.… (more)
LibraryThing member themulhern
Not one, but several mills, in order of construction. Illustrations are less fine and bolder than in previous works like "Cathedral".
LibraryThing member thornton37814
Macaulay describes the various kinds of mills and then goes on to discuss the evolution of textile mills and the industry in New England. The illustrations make it easy for the intended juvenile audience to follow along with what is going on and are marvelous. Macaulay used readers from historic mill villages to ensure the accuracy of his narrative. While the preface of the book makes it clear the mills described in the book itself are imaginary, they are based on mills found in New England during the given time periods.… (more)
LibraryThing member JDHofmeyer
This is my favorite of David Macaulay's books. It describes the planning, construction, and operation of a New England cotton mill and its adaptation to the changing textile industry throughout the nineteenth century. The main text alternates with (fictional) excerpts from the letters and diaries of the mill workers and owners. Macaulay's illustrations combine precision with a sketchbook quality that's very appealing. My children would pick up his books before they could read, for the drawings alone.… (more)




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