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."
"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination."
"A pleasurable read. . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder."
"Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work."
"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."
"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"
"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 "
"Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand."
"This is a book of fun and creativity."
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.
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.
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.