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Leonardo da Vinci's creative genius
Imagine having an intellect so vast and an imagination so creative that you can look at the world in an entirely new way and see things no one ever saw before. Leonardo da Vinci's genius took many forms in art and science. As I wrote this story of Leonardo's life, I tried to imagine how he came to achieve so much in so many disciplines. One of the things I came to believe was that it is important to keep one's mind open to new ideas, no matter now unlikely they may seem, and to question assumptions. I hope this book inspires children to do the same.
The story of Leonardo's life holds many surprises. The uneducated boy grew to be an unsurpassed artist, scientist, engineer, anatomist, and inventor. Activities in each of these areas accompany Leonardo's story and encourage children to learn by creating. Sidebars explain topics ranging from artistic perspective, the Renaissance, flight, and the mystery of Mona Lisa. A glossary, biographies of other Renaissance artists, and recommended web sites on art and science round out the book. Best of all, it is beautifully-illustrated with Leonardo's paintings and sketches. I hope children will be captivated by this book and by Leonardo.