Monday, June 20, 2011

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Geo Librarian.

My selection is "Neo Leo" by Gene Baretta.

Addressing audiences in grades 1-3, Baretta does an admirable job of making the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci relevant to today's children by linking da Vinci's notes and sketches with modern inventions. 

 Most da Vinci fans may be aware of his imaginative renderings of airplanes, hang gliders and tanks, but these familiar devices are a mere taste of the man's genius.  Utilizing da Vinci's many notebooks, Baretta examines a dozen or so modern counterparts such as robots, contact lenses, even movie projectors.  The book artfully combines renderings that appear to be da Vinci's drawings with cartoon style portrayals of contemporary items.

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