Leonardo Da Vinci
He was original “Renaissance man,” a revolutionary artist, the father of modern science, and a remarkable inventor who dreamed of being the first man to fly. He designed everything from a submarine, a tank, and a helicopter to an air-conditioning system and a self-closing toilet lid. In one of history’s more bizarre twists of fate, his illegitimate birth prevented him from following his father in the family profession as a notary—and so he became an artist instead! The pictures in the book incorporate Leonardo’s actual drawings and paintings within the framework of the fascinating life of this great genius.
Recognition & Awards
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, NCTE; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Honor Book for Non-Fiction; American Library Association Notable Book; Publisher’s Weekly, Best Books; School Library Journal, Best Books; Booklist, Editor’s Choice; Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, Blue Ribbon Title; Parenting Magazine, Best Books; Boston Globe, Best Books; The Hungry Mind Review, Books of Distinction; Not Just for Children Anymore, Children’s Book Council; ParentDish Top 100 Books for Gradeschoolers; Society of School Librarians International Honor book, Social Studies category; Society of School Librarians International Honor book, Science category; New York Book Show, Second Place, Picture Book Nonfiction; New York Book Show, Second Place, Picture book Nonfiction Jacket; Children’s Book Council, Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies; New York Public Library, One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing; Child Study Children’s Book Committee, Children’s Books of the Year, starred; For Outstanding Merit, ABA/CBC Children’s Books Mean Business List; Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Choice; IRA/Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books; Nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet Award; Nominee for the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award; Nominee for the Maine Student Book Award; Nominee for the Kansas William Allen White Children’s Book Award; Nominee for the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award; Starred Review, School Library Journal; Starred Review, Booklist; Pointer Review, Kirkus; Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly; Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.