Cleonardo the Little Inventor by Mary GrandPré
I love, love, love all of the gorgeous new picture books featuring girls with inquisitive minds. Girls who are willing to think. Girls who are willing to try. Girls who are willing to fail.
Mary GrandPré introduces readers to Cleonardo Wren, a girl who comes from a long line of inventors, including father Geonardo and grandfather Leonardo.
While father crafts clever inventions of wood and metal, Cleonardo Wren finds inspiration from nature: among other things the sticky substance of vines and the power of insect wings. Both daughter and father hope to create something special for the Grand Festival of Inventions.
GandPré's luminous illustrations are clearly inspired by images from the Renaissance and have a rich tapestry-like feel. The style is symbolic of this historical "Age of Discovery". Readers will rejoice as Cleonardo discovers the wonders of the world, her own abilities, her love for her father, and his reciprocal love for his daughter.