Leonardo Da Vinci: Young Artist, Writer, and Inventor (Childhood of World Figures Series)

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Leonardo Da Vinci is best known as the Renaissance painter who created the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. he also made great contributions as a sculptor, architect, engineer. and scientist. But Leonardo wasn't always famous. Leonardo grew up in Vinci, a small town in Italy, and when he was only a few years old he was separated from his mother and sent to live with his grandparents and uncle Francesco. Although Leonardo only receiced a formal education for a few years, Francesco taught Leonardo about nature. ...

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Leonardo Da Vinci is best known as the Renaissance painter who created the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. he also made great contributions as a sculptor, architect, engineer. and scientist. But Leonardo wasn't always famous. Leonardo grew up in Vinci, a small town in Italy, and when he was only a few years old he was separated from his mother and sent to live with his grandparents and uncle Francesco. Although Leonardo only receiced a formal education for a few years, Francesco taught Leonardo about nature. Leonardo loved to sketch the world around him.
When he was a teenager, Leonardo moved to the city of Florence. It was here that his artistic talent was recognized and he became and apprentice to a famous artist. Leonardo worked hard at his trade and advanced quickly, but he wasn't interested in only art. To fuel his curiosity, he also studied science, mathematics, engineering and philosophy.
Read about the little boy from Vinci who became one of the most facscinating figures in world history.

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Leonardo 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416905707
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Series: Childhood of World Figures Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 487,805
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    It's okay, Average

    The beginning is interesting the way the author explains most of the achievements Leonardo did as a kid. Then, the story just flys through, making it less interesting to read. The book doesn't state Leonardo's greatest achievements (The Last Supper, Mona Lisa), but in a couple of short sentences throughout the whole book and half the book tells about Leonardo's weaknesses. This book was nothing spectacular, but it wasn't horrible either.

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