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Who Was Marco Polo?

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Who Was Marco Polo? (Who Was...? Series) (2007) by Joan Holub is a MUST HAVE for all elementary classrooms! It is entertaining, yet educational in so many ways!

Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub is the first book that I have read in the "Who Was...? Series," and it won't be my last! For those that may be unfamiliar with the "Who Was..? Series," the books are all biographies about well-known historical figures that are written i...
Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub is the first book that I have read in the "Who Was...? Series," and it won't be my last! For those that may be unfamiliar with the "Who Was..? Series," the books are all biographies about well-known historical figures that are written in a kid-friendly way, by several different authors.

Who Was Marco Polo? is a MUST HAVE in any elementary classroom! This book not only serves as a source of reading pleasure for students, but is a great instructional tool as well! It is an excellent resource to use when introducing elementary students to biographies! The historical tale of Marco Polo is told in a narrative format that is easy to follow and is very interesting! The use of suspense entwined with interesting facts about Marco Polo kept me on my toes the whole time! The chapters that divide the different timeframes and events of Polo's life make it easy to remember significant events, as well as the "Timeline of Marco Polo's Life" that is included in the back of the book. This book will definitely motivate students to read more biographies!

This book also includes 2-3 pages in-between each chapter that focuses on relevant historical information relating to the timeframe in which Marco Polo lived. "If You Lived In Europe At The Time of Marco Polo," "Gutenberg's New Printing Press," and "If You Were Chinese At The Time of Marco Polo" are just a few titles of these pages! These pages are very interesting and can be used in the classroom as a springboard into the study of other historical events, along with the "Timeline of the World" that is included in the back of the book!

Lastly, what I especially liked about this book as an elementary school teacher is that it is appropriate for a wide age range of students. While its larger print, shorter chapters and pictures make it a great beginning chapter book for second graders, the historical content of the book and fascinating story of Marco Polo is appropriate for grades 2nd-5th!

As evident from my strong review of this book, I strongly recommend that elementary teachers make Who Was Marco Polo? the next addition to their classroom library!

posted by TeachBE on May 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

WONDERFUL and educational. We give it a 5 star rating.

Great book! Great Series. We liked it so much we are getting more of the WHO WAS? series for my grandson. These are very educational and easy for anyone to read and understand. They will be great as a future reference library!!

posted by MAMMYW on December 6, 2011

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    WONDERFUL and educational. We give it a 5 star rating.

    Great book! Great Series. We liked it so much we are getting more of the WHO WAS? series for my grandson. These are very educational and easy for anyone to read and understand. They will be great as a future reference library!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Who Was Marco Polo? (Who Was...? Series) (2007) by Joan Holub is a MUST HAVE for all elementary classrooms! It is entertaining, yet educational in so many ways!

    Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub is the first book that I have read in the "Who Was...? Series," and it won't be my last! For those that may be unfamiliar with the "Who Was..? Series," the books are all biographies about well-known historical figures that are written in a kid-friendly way, by several different authors.

    Who Was Marco Polo? is a MUST HAVE in any elementary classroom! This book not only serves as a source of reading pleasure for students, but is a great instructional tool as well! It is an excellent resource to use when introducing elementary students to biographies! The historical tale of Marco Polo is told in a narrative format that is easy to follow and is very interesting! The use of suspense entwined with interesting facts about Marco Polo kept me on my toes the whole time! The chapters that divide the different timeframes and events of Polo's life make it easy to remember significant events, as well as the "Timeline of Marco Polo's Life" that is included in the back of the book. This book will definitely motivate students to read more biographies!

    This book also includes 2-3 pages in-between each chapter that focuses on relevant historical information relating to the timeframe in which Marco Polo lived. "If You Lived In Europe At The Time of Marco Polo," "Gutenberg's New Printing Press," and "If You Were Chinese At The Time of Marco Polo" are just a few titles of these pages! These pages are very interesting and can be used in the classroom as a springboard into the study of other historical events, along with the "Timeline of the World" that is included in the back of the book!

    Lastly, what I especially liked about this book as an elementary school teacher is that it is appropriate for a wide age range of students. While its larger print, shorter chapters and pictures make it a great beginning chapter book for second graders, the historical content of the book and fascinating story of Marco Polo is appropriate for grades 2nd-5th!

    As evident from my strong review of this book, I strongly recommend that elementary teachers make Who Was Marco Polo? the next addition to their classroom library!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    Read about the thrilling life of Marco Polo and how he inspired Christopher Columbus

    Read about how Marco Polo grew up in Venice and was trained by his family to be a merchant. He read all about different types of money and measurements used around the world to help him to trade goods. You'll learn how 17 year-old Marco traveled with his father and uncle on a long and dangerous trip to Asia. As a young man, he wrote about his travels in his journal to help other merchants that traveled after him to Asia. He met the Kublai Khan in his palace who gave the Polos protective charms, goods, crewman and ships for their travels. You'll also learn about how he was captured in a battle and put in a Genoa jail. While in jail he met an author named Rustichello who helped Marco write about his travels. And the book ends with a fascinating description of the history of printing and new ways of book printing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Boring

    I couldnt really understand it and he went too so many different places.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    So good

    Good book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Hahihahi

    did you know there is a game calld morc polo? it is a water game www. who was .com or call 987465231 must 18 or older to order

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Stop talking

    Stop

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Teachbe

    This book is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I reccomend not to read it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Fart docter

    Farts smell bad

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 25, 2012

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