Children’s Educational Book: Junior Leonardo da Vinci The Art Science and Inventions of this Great Genius. Age 7 8 9 10 year-olds. [British English] (‘SMART READS for Kids’ Information Book Book 3) Reviews

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Book Introduction: ABOUT ‘SMART READS for Kids’...”Love Art, Love Learning”Welcome. Designed to expand & inspire young minds; this is a range of short educational eBooks (with supporting free online resources) for ages 7+. Although one great artist’s (& in this case scientist’s) life & work are always the central theme, wider learning is encouraged as follows:• Geography & History. Locations or events mentioned are always accompanied by a colourful map or a snippet of history so that the opportunity to learn some general knowledge doesn't pass the young reader by. [All colour images are large & high quality. GREYSCALE READERS ARE CATERED FOR, see below].• Vocabulary. A manageable number of new words are introduced & reused. They are always in bold with clear definitions & pronunciations. There is also a Glossary.• Maths. At least one maths statement & its accompanying calculation is always included.• Concentration. Each book is in the friendly first person & a trail of footprints always leads to a cartoon animal at the end. The author asks questions of the reader & there is always a quiz. These features keep kids engaged & encourage them to form their own opinions. There is a high ratio of images to text.ABOUT THIS BOOKDa Vinci was of course far more than a great artist. The full journey of his life is covered including: An account of everyday Renaissance Italy with its tyrannous leaders, the historically precocious & inquisitive nature of Leonardo’s mind, his inventions, the story of his secret mirror writing (which provides an opportunity to learn a little about shapes with symmetry) & the mysteries of the Mona Lisa. There’s also a simple recipe for Renaissance paint & some dragon hunting!On this journey children will encounter all of da Vinci’s most famous paintings & drawings—no child will fail to be inspired.Details:Locations Mapped: Present day & Renaissance Italy, Greece, France & The Ottoman Empire.Paintings and Drawings: 30 including: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, sketches of flying, hydraulic & combat machines, The Baptism of Christ, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, The Virgin & Child with St. Anne & John the Baptist.Vocabulary Defined: Anatomy, Apprenticeship, Baptism, Blood Vessels, Catapult , Circa, City state, Curiosity, Engineer, Euro, Genius, Infinite, Luxuries, Observe, Obsessed, Orbit, Polymath, Renaissance, Ridiculous & Symmetry.New Artists Introduced: Michelangelo & Ingres.Broader Topics: Why the Renaissance occurred, the importance of freethinking & the modern scientific method, the value of pursuing many interests & seeing projects through to the end.Online Resources: -A colour slide show for teachers & GREYSCALE KINDLE USERS (password at the back of the book). A test version is available to try before you buy. Visit and select ‘Hardware Solutions’ in the ‘SMART READS for Kids’ dropdown menu.-Printable colouring sheets (incl. the Mona Lisa) & a children’s fun design challenge.Words: 3900OTHER BOOKS:Junior Vincent van GoghLearn 20 French Words with Junior Claude MonetWhat do you do in a Drawing Room? (Fiction). Enjoy Leo’s adventures in a world of magical & mischievous Art.Or, for younger children, try ‘QUICK READS for Kids’ which cover the same artists.REVIEW ANY BOOK & GET ANOTHER FREE. For details visit & select ‘FREE Kindle Book Offer’.REVIEWS OF BOOKS IN THIS SERIES"Love, love, love this book! Great addition to our homeschool art books. I hope this becomes a series... would love to get more!"-Customer, Iowa"I wanted to do some painting myself after I read this book, I've learnt so much”-Customer, UK"This story was fab. Our son couldn't stop reading it."-Customer, CanadaABOUT THE AUTHORFiona Holt is an award winning, professional artist. She has a PhD & worked for many years in scientific research. She also holds a PTLLS teaching certificate. She lives in the UK w

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