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Children's LiteratureLeonardo DaVinci stands out as one of the most creative geniuses in recorded history. DaVinci excelled as an artist, inventor, engineer, and forward thinker. Yet, in his youth, DaVinci experienced some of the vicissitudes that his birth and social status entailed. Born to a young peasant girl, Leonardo was never close to his father. As his parents were unwed Leonardo was confronted with certain societal limitations due to his parentage. However, after being apprenticed to a famous artist in Florence, Leonardo DaVinci's genius stood out to such an extent that he made a memorable place for himself in the world of ideas. George E. Stanley takes the life of Leonardo DaVinci and transforms it into an enjoyable biographical novel. By primarily emphasizing Leonardo's younger years, Stanley offers readers an entertaining look at what those developmental portions of this Renaissance man's history might have been like. In Stanley's entertaining novel Leonardo comes across as both a brilliant thinker and a person who had issues with completion, confidence, and his spiritual views. This approach leaves the reader with a sense that Leonardo DaVinci was a human being like us and not some mythological figure. This is a fine book and one that fleshes out the life of a fascinating and amazing person. 2005, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck