Monday, 30 August 2010

Book Sharing Monday :: Neo Leo: the Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci and his work are fascinating. I noticed this picture book last week at our library and was attracted by the bright illustrations. This is a wonderful picture book that compares Leonardo da Vinci's drawings with inventions that were created after his time.
For example, in 1903, the Wright Brothers created the engine-powered aircraft, but 400 years earlier Leonardo had come up with a similar design:

Every page of the book shows an invention, and the corresponding drawings from Leonardo. There are also some of his notes, written backwards, which were fun to decipher and gave extra information

Gene Barretta is the writer and illustrator of Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He also has written one on Benjamin Franklin called Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin.


  1. Both this and "Now & Ben" are fabulous books! My son has both on his bookshelf.

  2. not sure why it came up green shamrock prints sorry about that! :) its really alice in wonderland :)

    will be linking up mondays now here thanks for the great linky!


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