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Leonardo da Vinci

Young Reading Series 3 Famous lives
Leonardo da Vinci

  • The story of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works, for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Illustrated with photographs of real-life locations, artwork illustrations by Christina Uzner and reproductions of Leonardo's most famous works.
  • Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University and a distinguished art historian.
  • With internet links to recommended websites.

Vividly describes the life of da Vinci, from his country childhood to his amazing legacy and explores many of his works of art, science, mechanics and architecture.


Key Stage: KS2 E/H; Age 7+

Lexile Measure: 810L

Book Band: 12 - Brown

CEFR Level: C1

Hardback with ribbon marker:
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9780746074428
64 pages
196 x 130mm

Author/Editor: Karen Ball and Rosie Dickins

Illustrator: Christa Uzner

Reader Reviews

Leonardo da Vinci
This book tells the story and history of Leonardo’s life. It covers the time from his birth to how he went on to paint the Mona Lisa and work for the King of France. I loved the artistic sketches and detailed drawing designs in the book. I liked the summary timeline at the end of the book which described his life as a genius.

Connor Moore, 25th May 2010
Leonardo da Vinci
Absolutely beautiful book to the eye. My daughter is 9 and she just drank the book up. Presentation is excellent. The balance between visual and the written word (which is also typed in an ancient looking typeset) is perfect. As you open the book you are in Italy in the 15th century. I cannot praise this book enough. It is a beautiful book. I will be buying more of this series.

Fiona Smith, 20th March 2008


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