"An unusual and surprisingly touching story . . . . An offbeat and intriguing read." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review)
"At times sad, silly, and telling, this is a wholly entertaining book." ( ...more
Leonardo’s Horse tells the story of a statue Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to build by the Duke of Milan. The Duke also hired Leonardo to take a variety of entertainment roles in the palace. His work on his horse was often interrupted. He visited stables and statues to observe, measure, and draw horses. After several years, da Vinci completed a twenty four foot clay model only to start other projects ...more
The class truly enjoyed the detailed, colorful and informative writing and illustrations, as did I. The illustrations not ...more
Leonardo’s Horse was a book non-fiction children’s book that was written about a specific creation of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci dreamed of building a huge horse for the duke of Milan but was never able to complete that dream. Nearly 500 years after his lifetime, his dream was brought to life and actually created! First off, the physical copy of the book itself is eye catching. It’s domed at the top, which actually is a key feature that’s actually explained in the book itself. Inside, the...more
The book is gorgeous - beautifully shaped with the best quality, acid-free paper, and heavenly bronze metallic end papers. Printed in Hong Kong, sad to say. I wanted to love it, especially having seen the horse in Grand Rapids BUT... togas in 15th century Florence? Nooo! Bluto is wearing a toga in Animal House Pink had no connotation of effeminacy back then, either. It wouldn't until the 19th century.
Hudson Talbot does a great job with horses and his reproduction of Leonardo's drawings are...more
It's an interesting story about Leonardo and then there is a second story at the back about an artist who actually completes the horse. The illustrations are of the "Which is your favorite?" type.
This is the perfect, longish picture book for lazy morning in bed - drama, art, education - it has it all.
I really enjoyed reading the story! It's nice to know a little something more about Leonardo than his famous Mona Lisa painting.
The pictures in this book are incredible and detailed. They showed the many steps of every art undertaking. I loved how all the stories were connected.
I would use this book to teach art, specifically from a historical standpoint. Definitely recommend.