Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary curiosity made him one of the most prolific inventors in history: the submarine, armored tank, parachute, robot, and the self-banging drum are just a few of his creations. Now, children can not only discover what inspired Leonardo, but learn how to think like him, too. This exciting 40-page book brings the Renaissance world to life with stories, illustrations, diagrams, and hundreds of sketches by Leonardo himself. Young invenors also learn about the scientific method and how to learn from their mistakes — concepts that are put to the test when they construct their very own model of Leonardo’s amazing flying machine.
Lorraine Hopping Egan (writing as Lorraine Jean Hopping) is an award-winning writer, editor, and game inventor. Other books include Explore Within an Egyptian Mummy; Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France (nominated as a 2007 finalist in the young adult category of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books); Space Rocks: The Story of Planetary Geologist Adriana Ocampo; Autopsies, Investigating a Crime Scene; Jacques Cousteau: Saving Our Seas; and Sally Ride: Space Pioneer. Chief Joseph: The Voice for Peace will be published in 2010.