A modest yet complete biography expressed in those simple terms that tell enough facts and point up enough of the dynamism of the times and the personality to stir younger readers. Abundantly illustrated with excellent reproductions of Leonardo's own paintings, diagrams, plans, inventions, picture notes, sketches and drawings, the text follows the course of the artist-scientist's life. But surrounding the vital statistics is a rich tapestry of Leonardo's creations, when the author pauses now and then to tell the story of a particular painting- the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper, - or invention- the plan for a submarine attack against the Turks at Venice, the wings for a flying machine. The works as a mirror of the man and the man as a historical force are successfully caught in this little volume. A fine gift and a wonderful invitation to further study.