Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci - Who Was...? Author:Roberta Edwards, True Kelley (Illustrator) This short book, aimed at upper elementary or older reluctant readers, captures the life of one of the great Renaissance figures. Supplementary material interspersed with da Vinci's story and presented in bold font explains terms (e.g., Renaissance, Michelangelo) relevant to building a reader's background. From the introductory overview ... more »of da Vinci's life, the depth and range of his accomplishments in art, science, and engineering are described in easily understood language.
Young readers will be able to relate to several failures he experienced when he tried new techniques, and his difficulty finishing projects despite initial enthusiasm. Includes a timeline of da Vinci's life, timeline of the world 1450—1533, and bibliography for readers who want additional information. A wonderful introduction to the world as it existed in the middle ages as well as to a brilliant man whose work almost five hundred years ago anticipated today's flying machines and robots.« less