This fine book can be a stand-alone read for students of various ages, or be read as a follow-up to the Magic Tree House adventure book Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne. Even the parents will be found taking a look at the wealth of information provided in its pages. The chapters are divided into Leonardo da Vinci’s assorted personas such as artist or scientist, and there is important historical background material in this research guide.
Familiar Fiction Characters Guide Young Readers
Jack and Annie, from the Magic Tree House series, show up in the margins here and there to define words or concepts or to provide motivation and connection with the companion adventure Monday with a Mad Genius. The use of these familiar fictional characters pulls young readers who have read the fiction chapter book into this companion research guide.
Concept of Research Explained in Magic Tree House Research Guide
To further clarify the value of research, the authors tell the young readers how they did the research for this book. After the authors telling how they did their research, students are given more sources for additional research in the form of books, museums, videos, DVDs, and internet sources at the end of the book.
Variety Found in Research Guide Leonardo da Vinci
Not only does this nonfiction research guide give students historical and geographical background, it gives an amazing amount of information about Leonardo’s drawings, designs for inventions, and even his lyre. Respect for his place in history is furthered with some quotes that even come from the original source found in da Vinci’s actual journal.
Renaissance Remembered in Magic Tree House Companion Book
In addition to telling about Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and passions, this book provides a rich historical perspective for its young readers. This research guide covers his contemporaries so its readers end up with a clearer sense of time and place.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Legacy Shown in MTH Research Guide
Young readers learn how da Vinci spent a few years organizing his papers toward the end of his life. Although pages of his notebooks were scattered here and yon, there was enough to launch the gifts of his genius clearly into history. Students will be exposed to the legacy left by this amazing genius.
It is hard to believe an improvement to the Magic Tree House series could be found. Yet it seems it has happened. This nonfiction research guide for Leonardo da Vinci can be read before, after, or alongside its companion fiction Monday with a Mad Genius. By using the familiar fiction characters from the Magic Tree House books, explaining research methods, including variety, covering the Renaissance period, and defining da Vinci’s legacy, this Magic Tree House Research Guide entitled Leonardo da Vinci: A Nonfiction Companion to Monday with a Mad Genius is destined to be enjoyed by students and teachers alike.
Osborne, Mary Pope; and Boyce, Natalie Pope. Illustrations by Sal Murdossa. Leonardo da Vinci: A Nonfiction Companion to Monday with a Mad Genius. New York: Stepping Stone Book by Random House Children’s Books, 2009.