Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday (and a discount)!
April 15th isn't just the day taxes are due - it's also Leonardo da Vinci's birthday! Be sure to read to the bottom for a special discount code for our popular book, 'Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over'!
We want to honor this man who was a mind before his time and who made so many contributions to science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.
Involved in anatomy, botany, painting and drawing, and inventing machines from scuba suits to the precursor to the helicopter, da Vinci was a very intelligent man who dreamed big, and he is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
About Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was born in Anchiano, Tuscany (now Italy), close to the town of Vinci that provided the surname we associate with him today. In his own time he was known just as Leonardo or as “Il Florentine,” since he lived near Florence—and was famed as an artist, inventor, and thinker.
Da Vinci received no formal education beyond basic reading, writing, and math, but his father appreciated his artistic talent and apprenticed him at around age 15 to the noted sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Under del Verrocchio, Leonardo refined his painting and sculpting techniques and trained in mechanical arts for the next 10 years.
Although relatively few of da Vinci’s paintings and sculptures survive — in part because his total output was quite small — two of his works are among the world’s most well-known and admired paintings: 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper'.
Da Vinci’s interests ranged far beyond fine art. He studied nature, mechanics, anatomy, physics, architecture, weaponry, and more! He often created accurate, workable designs for machines like the bicycle, helicopter, submarine and military tank that would not come to fruition for centuries!
Our da Vinci Birthday Special!
To honor this remarkable man's contributions to art, science, technology, engineering, and more we are hosting a special on our award-winning blended STEM fiction book, 'Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over'! Enjoy $3.00 off the regular purchase price with the code: MFdaVinci at checkout!
“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
Treat yourself to an intriguing story of great discoveries. With the help of three American middle schoolers, da Vinci attempts to catch up on 500 years of knowledge in a quest to invent something to better humankind. 'Leonardo da Vinci Gets A Do-Over' is an entertaining, engaging, and inventive way to learn about history, math, art, science,
Let us know in the comments what your favorite da Vinci creation or invention is!