Author and illustrator: Diane Stanley
Publisher: Marrow Junior Books
This book talks about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and the great works of art he created. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 on a Saturday to a man named Ser Piero and a woman named Caterina. When he was young his father died, his mother died, and his grandfather died leaving him in the care of his uncle Francesco. He did not get an education but he was talented in drawing so he became a painter’s apprentice. He did extremely well so he decided to make painting his career. When he started he began many paintings only to leave them abandoned. Nobody knows why he did this. Later on he would become rivals with Michelangelo and start the greatest artistic feud in all of history. One day his uncle Francesco died leaving Leonardo very sad. He dissected dead birds, frogs, cows, bears, and humans. He made friends with the king of France and when he was sixty seven years old he died.
Leonardo Da Vinci was a very good book. I learned a lot from reading it. I wish the author had told me more about how Leonardo designed his inventions. The part that I found most interesting was how Leonardo designed a kind of glider that looked liked bat wings. I thought that this book was a lot like the book about the Michelangelo book that I also reviewed and summarized. In fact, I think they might have been written by the same author. I would recommend this to any kid that is eight through eleven and is particularly interested in art.
Posted By: Fred Reads