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5 out of 5 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? 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 While its larger print, shorter chapters and pictures make it a great beginning chapter book for second graders, the historical content of the book and fascinating story of Marco Polo is appropriate for grades 2nd-5th!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!
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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
WONDERFUL and educational. We give it a 5 star rating.
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