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Leonardo the Florentine (The Life and Travels of Da Vinci Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Jaime
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Who are the Medici brothers? And who is trying to assassinate them? Why was the Pitti Palace never completed? And what part does Leonardo play in all of this?

Leonardo da Vinci is remembered as an artist and inventor. But who was he before anyone knew his name? This family-friendly novel explores the history and legends of his early years in Florence. It also weaves a mystery of politics and power.

Early reviews of the story: "What a fascinating story! It drew me in right away."

This is the first novel in Catherine's series: The Life and Travels of Da Vinci. Be sure to check out the sequels: Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan, and Leonardo: To Mantua and Beyond.

And if you are looking for more information on this fascinating Renaissance man, take a look at her biography - Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy.


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About the Author

Catherine has been researching and writing about Leonardo da Vinci for over a decade now. She has been bringing the stories of his life and his legacy to life for students for years, and is happy to have finished what she hopes is her first of many novels about him.

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  • File Size: 281 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Learning Connection (October 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047746HU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled Potential November 14, 2013
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This book had so much potential - exploring the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, the quagmire that was Italian politics in the Renaissance, the schemes of the Medici family - but never quite fulfilled it. The book is a quick read, less than 200 pages, and the primary feeling is that nothing ever really happens. The author spends a great amount of time laying groundwork for political drama between Lorenzo di Medici and traitors plotting against him, but never pays it off. 120 pages of hinting, of Leonardo being drawn into the possible conspiracy, of him wondering what it all means, only to wrap up the entirety of the conflict in less than three pages. To be sure, the author clearly knows Renaissance Italy, and the descriptions of the city are breathtaking, but the plot is never truly developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read! December 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Leonardo the Florentine was a fantastic read. It encompasses everything you hope to find when you shop for historical fiction. Drawing you into Leonardo's story from the first page, this book invites you to walk a day in Leonardo's shoes. I was especially impressed with the author's talent in telling you just enough about a character, landscape or building to allow the words to come off the page in a rich imagery. All in all, this was an excellent read. I can't wait to jump into some personal research to quench the thirst the novel inspired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and well-researched January 2, 2011
By Misha
Format:Paperback
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This novel explores Leonardo da Vinci's years of apprenticeship under Verrocchio before he rose to fame and the world hailed him as one of the greatest artists and inventors of his time. It also portrays Leonardo's involvement with the royal family of the Republic Of Florence and explores the mystery behind the uncompleted Pitti Palace and the plot to assassinate the Medici brothers. Leonardo the Florentine is a compelling account of how Da Vinci evolved into a great artist and weaved into it is the history and politics of Florence.

Catherine McGrew Jaime captures the attention of the reader from the very first page of the novel and holds onto it till the very end. Though this book is supposed to give a historical account about the years of apprenticeship of the Leonardo da Vinci it does not let you get bored or overloaded with information due to the fact that it is written in a story form which keeps you engaged all along. It gives an enlightening insight into the inquisitive and genius mind of the enigmatic Leonardo da Vinci. The novel is not only about Leonardo but also about the assassination attempt on the Medici brother and about the conspiracy to overthrow the royal family which makes the novel all the more exciting. The informative dateline given at the end of the book piques the reader's curiosity to know even more about the great personality. Though the novel tends to get a bit slow in the middle but, the author makes up for it by the thrilling end. Written in a way that makes this novel accessible to all age groups, this book is informative as well as enjoyable to read.

Favourite Quote:
"..... You may come and visit the gardens any time you wish. Like the books in Lorenzo's library, my flowers seem underappreciated."

Overall:
An exciting and informative book

Recommended:
Yes, to people who like historical fiction and also to those who love and idolise Leonardo da Vinci.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fantastic read! December 8, 2010
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Leonardo the Florentine was a fantastic read. It encompasses everything you hope to find when you shop for historical fiction. Drawing you into Leonardo's story from the first page, this book invites you to walk a day in Leonardo's shoes. I was especially impressed with the author's talent in telling you just enough about a character, landscape or building to allow the words to come off the page in a rich imagery. All in all, this was an excellent read. I can't wait to jump into some personal research to quench the thirst the novel inspired.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History can be fun July 31, 2011
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Leonardo the Florentine is a delightful story about Leonardo da Vinci and the time he spent in the city of Florence, as an apprentice to one of the very successful artists of the time, the great Master Verrocchio (Andrea di Cione).

The author delves into the teenage years of the young Leonardo, and describes his relationships with his master and peers, and also his association with the powerful Lorenzo de Medici.

The story transports the modern reader back to the glorious days of the renaissance, when wealthy patrons supported artists and scholars amid the political intrigue as rival families sought to eliminate Medici dominance.

The author concludes the adventure when Leonardo leaves Florence to seek his fortune in Milan. The book is enjoyable and informative, and I look forward to reading the next story in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Introductory Teaser May 4, 2014
By adley s
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As an entry to the life of Da Vinci, the book is enticing. It seems written for a pre-teen audience, and is probably more interesting at that age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genesis March 19, 2014
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This is not a particularly gripping story line. But it probably a fairly accurate description of the early years of Leonardo de Vinci and his apprentice years in the shadow of the Medici family. Interesting
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring March 3, 2014
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Only made it thru a few pages -- and I was so interested in this subject and really looking forward to reading this book. Very dissappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Maria V
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Effective Storytelling
Catherine McGrew Jaime is a woman of many interests, much like daVinci himself. This wide background and her ever current experience with students of all ages (including her own... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tamara
2.0 out of 5 stars Written for the ten year old reader
But the author does not understand contemporary ten year olds. It talks down to the reader as if they were somewhat slow learning six sitting around the campfire. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Latour
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
The book is very basic but does give some insight to Da Vinci. Any real probe into the man would require more in depth reading.
Published 7 months ago by James L. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Applaud the effort, but...
Though I applaud the effort it takes to successfully write a book, I don't think the book is a very good read. Sorry.
Published 8 months ago by FoustMA
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting to read about his early life but left you hanging if you don't know his entire history. Read this in a day.
Published 8 months ago by Just Jennifer a bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
The book touches on just a very small part of his life. That of a teenager. I guess you need to read the series to get a thorough picture of him. I enjoyed it though.
Published 8 months ago by judith hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick but vivid read
I really enjoyed this little book - it was a quick read and surprisingly vivid considering the minimalist descriptions. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Leonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonardo's Early Life
I liked the book, Leonardo the Florentine! It covers his young years starting as an apprentice which of course would lead to his life of art and invention and architecture. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mario C. Elia
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More About the Author

When Catherine isn't traveling she is teaching, researching, or writing - or some combination of all three! She is fascinated by history, government, economics, and Shakespeare. She never tires of learning and teaching about those topics - and tries to make them come alive for students and adults alike.

She fell in love with history when her family spent 5 1/2 years in Wuerzburg, Germany. During that time she wrote and published her first book, An American Looks at Wuerzburg. Now, after more than thirty years of homeschooling her own twelve children and teaching classes for hundreds of other homeschoolers, Catherine has written over one hundred books - from novels to annotated timelines to a variety of student workbooks to help make education more fun and more effective for homeschool parents and classroom teachers alike.

One of her first loves is Leonardo da Vinci; her books on him are enjoyed by both students and adults and include:
*Leonardo the Florentine (historical fiction)
*Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan (historical fiction)
*Leonardo: To Mantua and Beyond (historical fiction)
*Leonardo da Vinci Topical Study
*Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy (non-fiction)
*Exploring Da Vinci's Last Supper
*Kit and Cathy in Search of Leonardo (book 10 in the Horsey and Friends series)

As a Government Club Adviser and teacher of high school economics and the U.S. Constitution, Catherine has authored a number of books about those important topics, including:
*A Conservative Primer on Government and Economics
(also released under the title, There Ought to Be a Law - to please her students!)
*Understanding the Electoral College
*Understanding Presidential Elections
*The Philadelphia Convention: In Their Own Words (letters and journals from the convention)
*Understanding (and Teaching) the United States Constitution
*A Brief Financial History of the United States

Catherine has been writing topical studies and lapbooks for herself and other teachers (homeschool teacher and classroom teachers) for decades now. Some of her titles in that genre include:
*Presidents Topical Study
*Lapbooking Made Easy (the new Expanded Version is especially helpful!)
*Topical Studies Made Easy (again, with a new Expanded Edition)
*Lewis and Clark Expedition Unit Study
*Alphabet Fun Unit Study
*Amazing Animals Around the World
*The Americans Revolt: Teaching the American Revolution...
*Around the World One Country at a Time
*Astronomy Facts and Fun
*A Celebration of Black History
*Civil War Topical Study
*Created Creatures Student Book
*Lapbooking Across Our Wonderful World
*Lapbooking Through American Government
*Lapbooking Through American History
*Lapbooking Across the United States
*Learning as We Go: Teaching Through Travels
*States Topical Study

Other educational helps include:
*Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z (the international version is the most updated one)
*Waking Up the Joys of Writing
*Ninety Writing Prompts
*Weekly Lesson Planner and Daily Lesson Planner (these make planning simple!)
*Timeline Journal (for world history) and U.S. History Timeline Journal
*Why Share Shakespeare and Sharing Shakespeare with Students
*Illustrating History series
*In Art series

Catherine travels regularly, with and without her children. She wrote her first travel journal when she was nine years old, when her family traveled from Panama to the United States. Since then she has traveled extensively throughout the United States, including following the Lewis and Clark Trail, and making several trips to Europe. As part of those travels she has authored an entire series of travel books, the Horsey and Friends series, where their travel stories are told by a stuffed animal!
*The Adventures of Horsey in Panama
*Bandit Goes to Washington
*Alligator Al's Adventures in Florida
*Henrietta Visits Greenfield Village
*The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Jaime-style
*Stars Over Central America: The Journal of a Nine-Year-Old
*Stars Over Panama

Her other books include:
*New York City Facts & Fun
*Jamestown: The Birth of a Nation
*The Creatures, Creation, And Creator At The Galapagos Islands
*CHRISTmas Fun:: History, Traditions, Verses and Hymns
*Christ Our Passover Lamb
*The Attack Trilogy (historical short stories set in Cappadocia, Turkey, Shkdora, Albania, and Wuerzburg, Germany)
and many, many more...

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