Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review of "Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas," by Janis Herbert

Review of

Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, by Janis Herbert ISBN 1556522983

Five out of five stars

 For decades, my all-time most admired person down through history has been Leonardo Da Vinci. In my opinion, he is the most talented person of all time. Most people know him through two of the most famous paintings of all time, “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” However, his artwork was only a small fraction of his accomplishments.

 Da Vinci was a superb engineer in both the civil and military sense. He designed operational weapons of war, elaborate canal and waterflow systems and can be credited with the ideas behind many modern inventions. Given the resources of the defense budget of a nation state, many of his ideas could have been rendered operational, even given the technology of the day. His drawings of human anatomy were unsurpassed for centuries. It can be argued that he was the most knowledgeable person regarding human anatomy of his time.

 The list goes on and on, with most of the high points of Da Vinci’s achievements covered here, albeit briefly. He was a person that should be studied by the modern generation, he was truly a Renaissance Man in the broadest sense of the term. When you include his study and understanding of sound, some of his work can be covered in music classes. This book is a worthy addition to every library for young people, he was truly a maestro across nearly the entire liberal arts spectrum.

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