Abstract 15, Volume 10, Number 3, Winter 2015

Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

Written by Gene Barretta


Jenna Morgan

Ruby Pickens Tartt Library

Chafony Poole

East Central Community College

Lynn Kelley

University of West Alabama

Jodie Winship

University of West Alabama


Gene Barretta’s books Neo Leo: The ageless ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, Now & Ben: The modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin, and timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison changed our lives give us a glimpse into the famous inventors’ lives and introduce us to their incredible inventions. Neo Leo immerses readers in Leonardo da Vinci’s world as an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist. Leonardo da Vinci wrote and drew detailed pictures of innumerable inventions, but never had the chance to build many of them. Now & Ben chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin who used his common sense and innovative thinking to design inventions that changed society and our culture. Timeless Thomas provides readers with the opportunity to examine Thomas Edison’s inventions and how they have changed over time. The following lessons were designed to introduce the young child to the world of inventors and challenge them to invent.


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