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"Enthusiastically recommended." Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers
"One of a series of terrific history-based activity books." Home Education Magazine
"Beautifully illustrated...Can stimulate lesson plans and thematic units to engage and stimulate children throughout a long, hot summer." Texas Child Care
“Lively and engaging.” —Montreal Families
Home Education Magazine
One of a series of terrific history-based activity books.
Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The subtitle, "His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities," suggests that this approach to da Vinci is pretty much inclusive, and it is. An intelligent biography is peppered with extensive sidebars on subjects such as "Leonardo's Lunch," which gives recipes and directions for making an actual, documented meal that the vegetarian artist ate. Other diversions are more like art projects. A concluding glossary and biographies of other Renaissance notables, as well as Web-site suggestions, are useful. But the real attention-catcher, of course, is da Vinci's art. Nearly every page is illustrated or decorated by his paintings, inventions, and drawings. The pictures themselves are worth the price of admission.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A lively biography of the ultimate Renaissance man. Herbert describes Leonardo's life while also providing a good deal of historical information about Italy and background about art. She explains how Leonardo used the artistic techniques and materials available during his lifetime, as well as his own unique ideas, to create masterpieces. However, youngsters will also gain insight into Leonardo as a scientist, inventor, and humanist. Presented for consideration are his detailed sketches of human anatomy (the first of their kind), maps drawn from a bird's-eye view, and designs for such things as diving suits and hang gliders that weren't invented until hundreds of years later. A few projects are also included. Youngsters can make a kite based on Leonardo's drawing of a parachute, cook up his favorite meal of minestrone soup, or grow a Renaissance herb garden. The high-quality reproductions of the artist's sketches and paintings coupled with an interesting text give readers a full picture of this truly amazing man. A list of related Web sites is included.-Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY