The Historical Novel – Leonardo the Florentine
Few artists ignite the imagination like Leonardo da Vinci. Catherine Jaime vividly paints Florence and the young Leonardo in her first historical novel, Leonardo the Florentine.
In this action-packed mystery, Leonardo becomes a pawn in the Medici family’s conflict with another powerful ruling family. The plot thickens with a hidden map, an unfinished castle, a curt prince, and a lost ledger. Leonardo learns who he can trust and sets the path for the rest of his life in the process.
Leonardo the Florentine whets the appetite for studies of Italian Renaissance and Leonardo’s art. The city, its architecture, and its culture are presented in rich detail. The apprentice way of life is described fully. And most significantly, Leonardo’s many interests, including science, art, sketching, Latin, sculpture, botany, and military strategy, are demonstrated. This novel truly brings history to life.
Catherine Jaime presents the reality of Florence life and excitement of Leonardo’s achievements in a family-friendly, appropriate setting. Leonardo’s virtues of hard-work, studiousness, inquisitiveness, and observance are included in this delightfully engrossing mystery. This book is a fun way to encourage further learning on Renaissance culture in general and Leonardo in particular.
My sons and daughter thoroughly enjoyed Leonardo the Florentine and begged me to read “just one more chapter” every day. Their only complaint was when the book was over – they wanted to know more about young Leonardo’s life. We can’t wait to read Catherine Jaime’s next Leonardo novel.
The Author – Catherine McGrew Jaime
Catherine Jaime is the mother of 12, including 9 homeschool graduates. She draws upon her 30 years of home education experience to support and encourage homeschool mothers. She is the author of several books and homeschool products, including the game “Math Facts Fun” and the book of information and encouragement, Organized Ramblings, both previously featured on WhateverStateIAm. You can find more of her products at her homeschool resource center, Creative Learning Connection, on the download site, CurrClick, on the ebook website Smashwords, and on Amazon.
The Giveaway – Leonardo the Florentine
Catherine Jaime is giving away one paperback copy of Leonardo the Florentine to a WhateverStateIAm reader! You have three chances to enter the random drawing; winner will be announced tomorrow. Help Catherine get the word out about her exciting book by participating in each one of these each today:
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Congratulations to Jenny! You were the randomly-chosen (#15) winner of today’s giveaway.
For more great Leonardo da Vinci resources, be sure to check out today’s post. Catherine Jaime is giving away a bundle of books on this fascinating man!
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