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Children's LiteratureDa Vinci is certainly one of history's most fascinating characters and this book presents some of his many accomplishments, not only in art but in science and engineering as well. The main narrative is informative and written well, but a bit of a tough read for anyone under twelve years of age. The text is broken up into paragraphs with bold headings scattered about the page. Almost every paragraph has an accompanying illustration. A long caption accompanies each illustration, which tends to distract from the main text and create a fragmented page composition. One can certainly learn a good deal from this book, but it takes determination to jump from text to illustration to caption and back again. Most of the illustrations are good, and some of the large ones are excellent. However, in at least a dozen cases the captions wrongly identify details from contemporary Renaissance paintings by such artists as Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Uccello, Raphael and Michelangelo. To be more precise, they are not details from these paintings but copies by unidentified artists, perhaps the artists of the Studio Stalio listed in the credits as illustrators. And most are not good copies. The glossary and index are, on the other hand, good. This book is part of the "Lives of the Artists" series which was originally produced in Italy. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing / World Almanac Library, Ages 12 up.