This is a story from the Famous People in History II collection.
Here are the life stories of nine famous people who have left their mark upon the world. There are men of action such as Alexander the Great and George Washington, and a woman, Joan of Arc, who inspired a nation. There are scientists whose voyages of discovery took place in laboratories: Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Marie Curie. Imagination is the fuel of the artist. The paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, though centuries old, still affect us today. And finally, there is the story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who gained freedom for his country while at the same time promoting the idea of peace and non-violence. These men and women were important in their time and, even in our computer age, show what individuals with ideals and energy can achieve.
Nicolas Soames' concise yet highly informative overview of the original "Renaissance Man", written in simple, easy-to-understand prose aimed at the middle-school crowd, touches on the great Italian thinker's formative years and personal life as well as the myriad contributions he made to the fields of mathematics, astronomy, visual art, and anatomy, among many others.
As evidenced by her effortless ability to slip into character, such as an Italian citizen who observes Da Vinci's working on The Last Supper, Laura Brattan turns in a loose, sprightly performance that will engage young listeners throughout.
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Good for general overview
- Mr. S. Mehta