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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself
     

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself

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by Maxine Anderson
 

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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime—they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci

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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime—they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look into
the amazing mind of one the world’s greatest inventors.

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The New York Times Book Review
"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions."

School Library Journal
"A welcome addition to schools"

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination."

KLIATT
"A pleasurable read. . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder."

Publishers Weekly
"Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work."

Science News
"This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo's inventions."

Calliope Magazine
"Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world's greatest inventors"

Curriculum Connections
"Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that cross the curriculum."

Science Books and Films
"The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler's attention! Highly Recommended."

Chosen as one of "Our Favorite Things" for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine—"Decoding Da Vinci's sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself "

Children's Digest
"Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand."

Children's Literature
"This is a book of fun and creativity."

Publishers Weekly
A round-up of accessible titles introduce young readers to people and events. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci: Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson begins with an introduction to the Renaissance and a biography of da Vinci before delving into his interests in art and science. Snippets from his notebooks, reproductions of many of his drawings, brief biographies of the people who influenced him most (e.g., del Verrocchio, to whom he was apprenticed; Luca Pacioli, a famous mathematician and friend), plus experiments youngsters can do themselves (building one's own perspectograph, making paint, etc.) bring an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This "How To" book introduces young people to the life and times of Leonardo through interest in his inventions. Clear diagrams and instructions allow the enthusiast to build models using household materials. The reader will gain understanding of one and two point perspectives, the workings of the eye, and how to measure wind velocity along with other scientific facts. The instructions proceed from making geometric figures with toothpicks and marshmallows to more complicated models of a catapult and self- propelled armored tank. Further interesting data are given in italics with white ink on tan sidebars which is hard on the eyes. Reproductions of Leonardo's sketches decorate the pages. There is an extensive glossary, lists for further study, and an index. Readers will enjoy duplicating some of the models and possibly inventing some of their own. This is a book of fun and creativity. 2006, Nomad Press, Ages 9 to 13.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Anderson has combined biography with doable activities that mirror ideas found in Leonardo's notebooks. Using common household objects (duct tape, foil, cereal boxes, paper-towel tubes, etc.), readers can make a parachute, hydrometer, invisible ink, "walk-on-water" shoes, etc. Anderson introduces each project with an explanation of why Leonardo came up with the idea and whether he created just the sketch or the sketch and the object. Detailed steps and illustrations provide clarity. Adult supervision is noted where appropriate. Readers will probably be more interested in the activities than in Leonardo's life and the Renaissance background that Anderson provides, but this title will be a welcome addition to schools in which cross-curricular teaming is in place. Science classes can re-create Leonardo's ideas while English classes can read excerpts from his notebooks and history classes can discuss the Renaissance.-Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974934426
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
226,190
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG1240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of six books for kids. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson she has written Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review and Christian Science Monitor, chosen as the #7 BookSense Children’s Pick for Summer 2006 and named Book of the Year by the Society for School Librarians International in 2006; Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in Boys’ Life magazine and called “a fascinating gem of a book” by the New York Times Book Review; Explore Spring, and Explore Winter, which were chosen as Parents’ Choice Recommended Books for 2007, Discover the Amazon, as well as Discover the Oceans.

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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will enjoy this book if your an art geek
KER59 More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
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Not what I expected
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