Neo Leo
by Gene Barretta

Price at time of review: $16.99
40 pp.
Henry Holt and Company, LLC
New York, NY
ISBN: 978-0805087031

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci's notes and illustrations, Neo Leo presents a clever look at the amazing artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist. His eclectic interests and multifaceted talents will impress upon readers the far-sighted vision of the greatest Renaissance scientist. His original ideas inspired some of today’s most useful inventions, ranging from contact lenses and tanks to hang gliders and helicopters.

The book's emphasis on da Vinci’s notes could be used to introduce journaling to students as they emulate the process of invention. The bibliography will help elementary readers learn more about da Vinci. This light-hearted look at the process of invention earned the book a place among the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2010.

Review posted on 2/18/2010

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