Leonardo Da Vinci Gets a Do-Over

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Science, Naturally!
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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. is an attorney in Fairfax, VA. An Air Force pilot in the Korean War, he loves studying technology, history and science. He has written extensively, for both adult and young adult audiences, on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to aviation history, contagious diseases to forensic science. He can be reached at [email protected].


This book is a delight! We used it to meet our science requirements without a significant realignment of sequence or reduction of teaching time. What makes it truly special is the range of cross-curricular opportunities found in every chapter. It is a rare book that offers so much opportunity for cooperation across disciplines.--Sue Garcia, Supervision-Curriculum Specialist, Retired Educator, Spicewood, TX
Readers are treated to an intriguing view of history, mathematics, and science as these cross-century characters meet and exchange questions and explanations that help each other span a five century-long gap in knowledge. A fascinating and well-written story!--Daniel J. Bisaccio, Director of Science Education, Brown University
Friedlander has skillfully embedded academic concepts into this inventive and entertaining story. Through Leonardo s time travel and the middle schooler s teamwork, this book explores all disciplines. Kids will love the interweaving of fact and fiction!--Mary Smigel, BSED/MSED, Elementary Education/Gifted Education, Montessori Academy of Lancaster"
Friedlander has devised a carefully woven, well-crafted story. Readers will surely wish they could join the American middle-schoolers who befriend a hapless and ever inquisitive Leonardo da Vinci when he inexplicably shows up in modern Italy on a mysterious search for a grand invention. Learning opportunities abound throughout this clever and imaginative journey.--Robert Prezant, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
This book skillfully combines history, science, technology, engineering and math. Learning about da Vinci s creative genius 500 years ago and watching as he struggles in the present is delightful and educational. He wonders if he would be considered as smart today, challenging students to understand context and compare medieval Italy with modern day America. Afresh and exciting way to engage kids, this book is the perfect tool to inspire learning!--Pamela Breiberg, NBCT, Lead Science Teacher Emiliano Zapata Academy, Chicago, IL"
An American middle school group, touring Italy, comes upon a talented Renaissance reenactor who insists he is Leonardo da Vinci, back from the dead. His story becomes much more believable when he produces seemingly authentic gold florins from his pouch.As he encounters the tools of modern life photographs, bicycles, zippers detailed concepts and discoveries fuel the story. If you want to learn about the process of invention, savor history, imagine a better future, or just enjoy a good read, sit down and savor this delightful adventure!--Mary Lou Blanchette Smith, Science Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, EASTCONN Educational Service Center, Hampton, CT"
Teachers have a powerful new tool in this clever book. It beautifully blends one story across the entire curriculum. With non-stop action and fascinating content, students will be on the edge of their seats making discoveries all along the way. Crossing the curriculum has never been so much fun!--Sonya Smith, Science Coordinator, ATOMS2XP (Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science) and IMPACT2 (In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training), Miss. State, MS"
As you can imagine, when Leonardo appears in Florence, Italy, in the year 2000, he has a lot of catching up to do!--Editor's Choice "Creative Play Retailer, March 2015 "
What a delightful and unique approach to a book! If your school is involved in Problem Based Learning and cross-content curriculum integration, you re in for an enjoyable, skillfully-done surprise. Kids will love reading and interacting with this story. Congratulations to Friedlander for his skillful blending of science, math, language arts, and history. This one s a winner!--Anne Jolly, STEM Curriculum Writer and Consultant, Warrior, AL"
Leonardo da Vinci is reincarnated to the 21st century where he aspires to discover an invention to benefit mankind. He is accompanied by three middle schoolers; the plot progresses quickly as they grow into adulthood. This book would be an appropriate choice for guided reading or a book club with a focus on STEM topics. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.--Tess Reed, LMS, Ocean Lakes Elementary, Virginia Beach, Virginia "School Library Connection, March/April 2015 "
Mark Friedlander s book is a clever read for students and teachers in a primarily middle school setting. In some cases, entry level high school students could tackle the book and carry ideas through to collaboration with classmates. Clever in design, the story covers all content areas of curriculum to the point at which students will be engrossed in learning and fascinated with content that they may neither appreciate nor truly understand. The book can assist students in how to collaborate on and discuss content areas and problems that are typically not engaging or presented in a way in which students can actually experience their connections. It is an easy read filled with deep opportunities for teachers to help students explore, just as the characters do in the story. Because the characters are comparing and contrasting situations throughout the entire story, students will be engaged. It will also give teachers multiple entry points into the discussion. This book is a fascinating way to introduce STEM into your classroom.--Cassondra Zielinski, Mercer University "Vol. 21, No. 2, September 2015, MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ""