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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci / by Gene Barretta


Title: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci
Author and Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8703-1
Year: 2009

Concepts: human resources, innovation, invention

Review: Inventor, artist, mathematician and scientist extraordinaire Leonardo da Vinci may have lived more than five hundred years ago, but his legacy still remains all around us.  Leonardo’s keen intellect, curiosity, and vision led him to develop the plans for numerous inventions that we regularly use today.  A powered air-craft, contact lenses, the movie projector, a single span bridge, the double hull of a ship, a helicopter, and many more useful devices and contraptions are all represented in one form or another in Leonardo’s scientific notes and papers.

With its clear text and lively illustrations, Gene Barretta’s new book brings Leonardo’s ingenious ideas to life for young readers.  The format of showing images of each original sketch side-by-side with the modern version works extremely well in communicating the depth of Leonardo’s interests and foresight.  This book makes an excellent vehicle for teaching children about the enormous contributions to society made possible by innovation and creative thinking.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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