Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World

Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World

by Ann Martin Bowler, Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard
     
 

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Join the Chinese admiral and his crew as they battle pirates and raging storms in this beautifully illustrated Chinese history book for kids.

Did you know that 85 years before Columbus discovered America, Chinese ships longer than a football field sailed thousands of miles through unknown oceans and visited more than 30 nations? It's true!

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Join the Chinese admiral and his crew as they battle pirates and raging storms in this beautifully illustrated Chinese history book for kids.

Did you know that 85 years before Columbus discovered America, Chinese ships longer than a football field sailed thousands of miles through unknown oceans and visited more than 30 nations? It's true!

Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers that World is the amazing story of these seven epic voyages and their larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He. Beginning in 1405, Admiral Zheng He led more than 300 gigantic, brightly-painted ships across the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean and all the way to the distant coast of Africa. The admiral and his crew battled pirates and raging storms, and were amazed by the people and ways of life in distant lands. At each port, Chinese goods were traded for pearls, precious stones, herbs and medicines which were given as tribute to China's powerful emperor when the ships' returned home.

Filled with historical facts, Adventures of the Treasure Fleet brings a fantastic piece of history to life. Gracefully told and beautifully illustrated, the story's fast pace will keep young ones captivated while offering enough information to satisfy curious readers of all ages.

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From the Publisher
"Throughout the book, Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard's softly shaded illustrations demonstrate a quirky but effective depiction of perspective. They complement the writing beautifully. Between them, Bowler and Tay-Adouard have produced a treasure indeed." —Papertigers.org blog

"Adventures of the Treasure Fleet is not just a picture book. This beautifully illustrated book tells a fascinating story, provides facts on world history eighty-five years before Columbus and presents a theme lesson on World geography." —Miss Panda Chinese Mandarin learning site

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
It is the start of the fifteenth century and Zhu Di is the new Emperor of China. He wants to cement China's position as a world leader, so he assigns his friend Zheng He to carry out a most important task: the assembly and command of a fleet of ships that will traverse the world trading goods and forging diplomatic relations with other countries. Before long, Zheng He has a fleet of more than 300 ships and 27,000 men in his so-called "Treasure Fleet." Over twenty-eight years, he leads seven great expeditions throughout the Western Seas to such places as Champa, Java, Malacca, India, Arabia, Africa, and Siam. He collects exotic treasures, establishes diplomatic alliances, fights pirates, and masters treacherous seas. Ann Bowler does a masterful job of presenting this little-known period of Asian history as an engaging tale. Each two-page spread features a different experience within the journey, with the story briefly recounted in vertical sidebars. Illuminating details about the trades and each visit's significance are included in horizontal bars. Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard's soft, pencil illustrations provide a gentle counterpoint to the action in this history-based story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804836739
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Bowler was born in the US and raised in Ojai, California. She has a BA in Sociology and trained as a teacher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is now a full-time writer and has traveled with her family to Indonesia many times. Ann lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. She has written seven books for children, including Gecko's Complaint.

Illustrator:
For her 10th birthday, Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard received her very first picture book, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and that led her to the magical world of illustrated story books. Though she has no formal education in the fine arts, she is fond of telling the world about the details found in nature, man-made objects and human situations—by expressing a naivete and child-like innocence through her illustrations. Her inspiration often comes from nature and she is happiest working from home, where she can hear the serenade of frogs and birds every morning. She lives in France with her husband Denis, their two children Baobab and Anais, and their cat Sally.

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