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Grade 5-8-Anderson has combined biography with doable activities that mirror ideas found in Leonardo's notebooks. Using common household objects (duct tape, foil, cereal boxes, paper-towel tubes, etc.), readers can make a parachute, hydrometer, invisible ink, walk-on-water shoes, etc. Anderson introduces each project with an explanation of why Leonardo came up with the idea and whether he created just the sketch or the sketch and the object. Detailed steps and illustrations provide clarity. Adult supervision is noted where appropriate. Readers will probably be more interested in the activities than in Leonardo's life and the Renaissance background that Anderson provides, but this title will be a welcome addition to schools in which cross-curricular teaming is in place. Science classes can re-create Leonardo's ideas while English classes can read excerpts from his notebooks and history classes can discuss the Renaissance.-Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT
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The New York Times Book Review
"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions."

School Library Journal
"A welcome addition to schools"

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination."

KLIATT
"A pleasurable read. . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder."

Publishers Weekly
"Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work."

Science News
"This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo's inventions."

Calliope Magazine
"Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world's greatest inventors"

Curriculum Connections
"Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that cross the curriculum."

Science Books and Films
"The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler's attention! Highly Recommended."

Chosen as one of "Our Favorite Things" for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine—"Decoding Da Vinci's sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself "

Children's Digest
"Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand."

Children's Literature
"This is a book of fun and creativity."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1240L (What's this?)
  • Series: Build It Yourself
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780974934426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974934426
  • ASIN: 0974934429
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Cracked Harp on October 17, 2006
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We are homeschoolers using this book in part of a unit on Inventors. My eight year old is able to read and enjoy the history behind the different inventions. I thought it would just be a "how to" book, but we are both really enjoying the well written historical information in this book. It really makes Leonardo and the world he lived in come alive. I like to just browse through the book and look at all of Leonardo's sketches as well.

The pictures and instructions are fairly easy to follow. The inventions do use common items, but we don't always have the right "common" items at the right times. We have modified most of the directions to use what we actually have in our house. Today we wanted to make the camera obscura, but we just threw out our last empty Pringles can... guess we'll be eating lots of chips in the next week :)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrea D. Lopez on October 3, 2008
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I purchased this book after I saw the "Leonardo di Vinci" exhibit at my local museum. This particular exhibt showcased his inventions, not his artwork. There were many full size replicas of machines that he thought of that were actually built for this exhibit. I was intrigued by the bridge that could be built with just a few stick and got stronger the more weight you put on it. After putting the dowel sized replica together at the exhibit, I had to have one for myself to build. That's the primary reason I purchased this book. Now that I have it in my hands, I've been going over the different activities I can do with my baby siblings, and I'm so excited I have this book in hand. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in "how things work" and science in general.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sweet pea on May 27, 2009
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We received this book within five days, and before the sun set that afternoon, my nine-year-old grandson had constructed three sizes of the trebuchet by following the instructions.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Merriott on March 29, 2012
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I was hoping for a book to make mechanical, accurate models of da Vinci's inventions. The activities in this book are very basic and do not make good representations of his inventions. The "models" in this book sort of do what the inventions were suppose to, but do it in a dumbed down way. Most of the inventions in this book are not even that specific da Vinci. I did not get this book because I wanted to make a wind gauge. Da Vinci inventions should not be made of cereal boxes and pipe cleaners. Don't get this book expecting a serious model guide. It's suitable for 4th grade, but no more than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Kalif on November 17, 2010
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A hands on kind of book where you learn a bit about DaVinci and you also get to reproduce some of his projects. PRojects are reasonably interesting and done with various easy to find materials like cardboard, pieces of wood and other household materials. Make your own paint, Hydrometer, hygrometer, trebuchet and stuff like that. Over all I like the way this book is handled with both interesting stuff about Davinci and some hands on projects. Great for curious minds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Sutphin on September 14, 2013
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This book is good for 8+ year old inventor types. However, parents be forewarned: you better be handy because most of these inventions require an adult to do much of the construction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Degraff on September 3, 2008
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I purchased this book as a cross curricular lesson. Although I teach science there is history, strategies, art, and exposure to building simple machines. I am using the book to make shoe box activities for me students and update myself on the wonders of Leonardo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doc Goodbyte on April 16, 2010
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My grandson requested some da Vinci readings and I found this project book that went through some of the inventions that were buildable. He was delighted!
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