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Vividly describes the life of da Vinci, from his country childhood to his amazing legacy and explores many of his works of art, science, mechanics and architecture. The story of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works, for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Illustrated with photographs of real-life locations, artwork illustrations by Christina Uzner and reproductions of Leonardo's most famous works. Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University and a distinguished art historian. With internet links to recommended websites.

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Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746074428
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Karen Ball and Rosie Dickins
Christa Uzner

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“Leonardo da Vinci”
This book tells the story and history of Leonardo’s life. It covers the time from his birth to how he went on to paint the Mona Lisa and work for the King of France. I loved the artistic sketches and detailed drawing designs in the book. I liked the summary timeline at the end of the book which described his life as a genius.
“Leonardo da Vinci”
Absolutely beautiful book to the eye. My daughter is 9 and she just drank the book up. Presentation is excellent. The balance between visual and the written word (which is also typed in an ancient looking typeset) is perfect. As you open the book you are in Italy in the 15th century. I cannot praise this book enough. It is a beautiful book. I will be buying more of this series.


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