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Leonardo da Vinci: Meet the Artist!

Leonardo da Vinci: Meet the Artist! illus. by Patricia Geis. 16p. Princeton. Oct. 2018. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781616897666.
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Gr 1–5—Geis's heavily interactive book introduces the iconic Renaissance artist to new learners through sliding tabs, pop-ups, flaps, and paper models. Key insights into da Vinci's creative personality are revealed; Geis notes that he was a multitasker and left many projects unfinished, possibly because he was ahead of his time and the materials or technology needed to make robots and airplanes didn't exist yet, but also because his mind was flush with ideas. This book is ideal for readers who are easily distracted and thrive in a tactile learning environment. A 3-D look into how da Vinci painted The Last Supper highlights the beauty of the piece and the mathematics of perspective behind it. Flashcards of a few of the artist's portrait paintings allow browsers to remove the images from the book for learning on the go. Readers will be drawn to the playful nature of the book, designed to be touched and interacted with, but it is susceptible to easy tearing by rough hands and loose pieces that could be lost.
VERDICT An enriching, interactive work that reveals Leonardo da Vinci's intense creative genius. Most suitable for collaborative projects and one-on-one learning environments.

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