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Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas - 21 Activities Paperback – 29 Mar 1999

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Age Range: 8 years and up
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (29 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556522983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556522987
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Enthusiastically recommended." --"Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers"

"Enthusiastically recommended." -- "Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers"

"Enthusiastically recommended." -"Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers"

"Lively and engaging." --"Montreal Families"

"Enthusiastically recommended." "Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers""

Lively and engaging. "MontrealFamilies""

"Enthusiastically recommended." Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers"

Lively and engaging. MontrealFamilies"

"Enthusiastically recommended." --Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers

"One of a series of terrific history-based activity books." --Home Education Magazine

"Beautifully illustrated...Can stimulate lesson plans and thematic units to engage and stimulate children throughout a long, hot summer." --Texas Child Care

"Lively and engaging." --Montreal Families

From the Author

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.

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I have been going through some of the books by Janis Herbert and others than combine history with 21 activities, and as interesting as I have found those volumes to be I have to say I like the ones that deal with artists even more. "Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas" combines a detailed juvenile biography of the life of the great inventor, military engineer, scientist, botanist, and mathematician who found time to be a great painter and sculptor as well. This was the man who painted the "Mona Lisa" and invented the armored tank, diving suit, bicycle and airplane centuries before they were built. He is also an important figure in what has been the novel that has been at the top of the bestseller list for like the past year.
The biography is divided into four sections, focusing on Leonardo's youth in Vinci, his years as a young apprentice, his period of greatest productivity in Milan, and his final years in Venice and France. The volume is illustrated with dozens of pictures of Leonardo's paintings and sketches, and the back of the book includes a Glossary, Biographies of key Renaissance artists (Botticelli, Michelangeo, etc.) and historical figures (Cesare Borgia, Ludovico Sforza, etc.), Web Sites to Explore, places where you can see some of Da Vinci's work, a Bibliography, Credits, and an Index.
The other half of the book are the 21 activities and the art lessons, because in addition to detailing da Vinci's life Herbert talks about perspective, vanishing points and the like. Some of these are just basic art lessons, such as sketching things by observing nature, painting birds, decorating a jar for holding paintbrushes, and making a small picture frame.
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Really clear history of the artist and his work. Some brilliant ideas suitable for KS2 art lessons, which will reinforce some basic techniques and enlarge their view of what an artist can be.
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Great book - my grandson was absolutely delighted with it.He was ill and this really cheered him up. I would recommend it to any budding inventors/builders
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Good condition. Just what I needed.
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Super Book for my class
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