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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself
introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetimeand#151;they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions
shows kids how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look into the incredible mind of one of the worldand#8217;s greatest inventors.
But one might ask, how could someone who lived so long ago be so relevant today? This title brings an immediacy to Leonardo da Vinci's life and works. It makes it relevant to kids in that it teaches them how to think outside the box, and to explore their own creativity. Furthermore, Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions meets Common Core State Standards in language arts for reading informational text. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
From armored tanks and gliders to "plastic glass" and drawing machines, this interactive book explores the incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects and activities. Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime and remained sketches in his famous notebooks; kids examine some of these original sketches and learn about the models he made of his inventions. From there they delve into detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for each project, which are interspersed with historical facts, biographical anecdotes, and trivia. Most of the building can be done using simple household supplies: construction paper, tape, markers, glue, cardboard tubes, aluminum foil, and cardboard boxes. Background about the Renaissance as a period of remarkable achievement in art and science appears throughout the book.
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"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions." The New York Times Book Review"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination." Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions." Old Schoolhouse Magazine"This is a book of fun and creativity." Children's Literature "Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work." Publishers Weekly"Creative, curiosity-provoking, informational, and just plain funkids will find it irresistible." Home Education Magazine"The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler's attention! Highly recommended." Science Books and Films