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Da Vinci
Venezia, Mike.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Childrens Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Traces the life of the Renaissance artist and analyses some of his paintings.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 1533.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 3 Quiz: 19956 Guided reading level: P.
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ND623.L5 V425 1989 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND623.L5 V425 1989 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Author Notes

Mike Venezia was born on June 8, 1945 in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He was the executive art director and vice president at Leo Burnett Company for 33 years. He retired to work full time on his books and videos. He started his writing career back in 1978, when he authored and illustrated books for Childrens Press. His books include the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series, Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series, and Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-- Another addition to a series in which Venezia introduces children to artists, illustrating his points with a combination of his own cartoons and the artist's work. The information is basic and limited, containing no more biographic data than an encyclopedia article. However, the light touch, combined with well-chosen examples, does make it attractive and personable. The cartoons are a bit jarring, but should appeal to children while reinforcing some of the more interesting aspects of da Vinci's life. The book indicates, but does not cover, the work he did as an inventor, architect, scientist, sculptor, etc. While not particularly useful for reports, it serves as an introduction to the artist who used his knowledge of nature to make his paintings seem alive. Many of Venezia's comments about the paintings are general rather than specific. For instance, he states that the special way da Vinci placed the men around the table in The Last Supper ``gives them a feeling of movement,'' but offers no further explanation. Ernest Raboff's Leonardo da Vinci (Lippincott, 1987) gives more detailed analysis of such points and is more challenging and perceptive, but this is a useful first look for younger children. --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.