Leonardo da Vinci: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius

Leonardo da Vinci: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius

Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0375846654

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #38: Monday with a Mad Genius, they had lots of questions. Why was Leonardo da Vinci interested in flight? What are some of his most famous painting? Did he really keep noteboooks just like Jack? What do scientists today think of his ideas? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts.

Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs.
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commonly used in sea battles. Today subs go completely underwater and stay down for days. In 1940, the Italians named one of their submarines the Leonardo da Vinci in honor of the great inventor. Weapons of War Leonardo designed lots of different wea-pons for the duke. He invented a cannon that could shoot cannonballs over 10,000 feet! He also spent time planning new types of crossbows. Leonardo also designed a giant sling-shot and a triple-barreled cannon. Crossbows were weapons

were no X-ray machines to see inside the human body during Leonardo’s time. Anatomy is the shape and makeup of animals and plants. Leonardo attended lectures on anat-omy at universities and hospitals. His teachers often dissected human bodies during class. Leonardo drew pictures of what he saw at the dissections. To dissect is to cut apart any piece of a plant or dead animal in order to study it. Later, Leonardo did his own dissections. Back then, it was against the law to dissect a

artists of the Renaissance were Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Raphael was the youngest of the three. Raphael grew up surrounded by art. His father was a court painter, and he taught his son how to draw and paint. The boy was a natural artist and learned quickly. By the time he was a teenager, Raphael was so talented that people began to call him a master. Everyone seemed to love the handsome, friendly boy. Raphael was influenced by the works of Leonardo and Michelangelo. During his

Leonardo’s Notebooks Leonardo left his friends a few books and some paintings. Leonardo’s beloved assistant, Francesco Melzi, took charge of the notebooks. After Melzi died, many pages of the notebooks were lost, sold, or stolen. Lots of people wanted pages from the genius’s notebooks. As late as 1966, two notebooks were found in the National Library of Spain. Leonardo’s Gifts As the years passed, people mainly remembered Leonardo as a painter. They forgot all the other things

For Liza Fosburgh Scientific Consultant: EDWARD RODLEY, Exhibit Coordinator, Museum of Science, Boston Art History Consultant: STEPHEN CAMPBELL, Chair, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University Education Consultant: HEIDI JOHNSON, Earth Science and Paleontology, Lowell Junior High School, Bisbee, Arizona Very special thanks to Virginia Berbrich for her photographs, and to the terrific team at Random House: Gloria Cheng, Mallory Loehr, Lisa Findlay, and especially

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