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Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz
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it was amazing
bookshelves: llls-5533, children-s-lit, history, nonfiction, project-1

Fritz, J. (2001). Leonardo’s horse. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.

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 and ultimately abandon the horse when the French invaded Milan. It is said that even as death approached, Leonardo yearned for the horse he never completed. Hundreds of years later, American artists Charlie Dent and Nina Akamu were able to bring the bronze sculpture to completion. Five hundred years to the date of the French ruining Leonardo’s clay model, the finished sculpture was unveiled in Milan. The strength of this book is the lesson readers can take away about not giving up on hard tasks, as well as making a great introduction to the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. Another strength is that it is written in narrative nonfiction format which is sometimes more engaging for students than informational text.

I would recommend this book to teachers of the intended grade range, first through fourth, as an introduction to great artists from history. I would also recommend it to teachers of any grade or students who had a particular interest in art. Students could also read informational texts about Leonardo or his works and compare and contrast that text with Leonardo’s Horse to find similarities and differences between the two genres. Students could also research any of the other work mentioned in the book, from art to inventions, or branch off to other artists of the Renaissance. Math and social studies connections could be made by calculating the difference in the years mentioned in the book and creating a timeline to show the hundreds of years this project lasted.

Grade level 1-4

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April 6, 2016 – Shelved
April 6, 2016 – Shelved as: llls-5533
April 6, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 24, 2016 – Shelved as: children-s-lit
April 24, 2016 – Shelved as: history
April 24, 2016 – Shelved as: nonfiction
April 24, 2016 – Shelved as: project-1

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