Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

by Priscilla Galloway, Dawn Hunter
     
 

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A gripping account of three dramatic journeys that changed history.

The fabled Silk Road conjures up the sights, smells and sounds of faraway lands. But traveling the Silk Road took years, and those who set out encountered bandits, starvation and treacherous storms.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road introduces readers to three great

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A gripping account of three dramatic journeys that changed history.

The fabled Silk Road conjures up the sights, smells and sounds of faraway lands. But traveling the Silk Road took years, and those who set out encountered bandits, starvation and treacherous storms.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road introduces readers to three great historical figures:

Chinese Buddhist Xuanzang, whose 16-year journey from China to India and back (629-645 AD) is the only source we have for huge chunks of the history and geography of this time. His successful search for Buddhist scriptures changed the course of two great nations.

Genghis Khan, bred from infancy to be a warrior, brought the Mongol clans together. He established the greatest empire the world had seen, which ruled the Silk Road from 1201 to 1227.

Italian merchant Marco Polo journeyed through China from 1271 to 1295. He changed the way Europe saw the world, and his book even inspired Columbus to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of China.

Beautiful photographs and art depicting the ancient routes and peoples bring the stories to life. Maps, sidebars and an afterword that updates the story of the Silk Road are also featured.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—The monk Xuanzang, the conqueror Genghis Khan, and the merchant Marco Polo each traveled the Silk Road, years apart. Their journeys, by different routes and for different motives, are gripping historical narratives, sensitively and excitingly fictionalized here, in language that is lively and descriptive, clear but not oversimplified. Vibrant reproductions of art and photos of artifacts leap off every colorful page. Descriptions of smells, sounds, and tastes are used to complement the abundant visuals, and the three stories are artfully structured to maximize drama and hold interest. Sidebars extend the book's reach with information on geography, language, religion, art, architecture, food, animals, and, naturally, silk manufacture. Maps, further-reading lists, a brief update to today's Road, and an index add to the learning value. Readers will be both riveted and informed.—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
Kirkus Reviews
For more than 2,000 years travelers have been making their way through central Asia along what we now call "The Silk Road." Galloway introduces that network of trade routes between China and India and west to Egypt and Europe through three such travelers: the Chinese monk Xuanzang, looking for Buddhist manuscripts and relics in India in the seventh century; the warrior Genghis Khan, creating and enlarging his Mongol empire in the 12th; and the merchant Marco Polo, carrying gifts from the Pope to Kublai Khan in China in the 13th. Readers drawn in by the action of the dramatic opening scene, in which a bandit chief threatens the peaceful monk with a bloodstained sword, will find much to appreciate in the lively storytelling, the wealth of detail and the boxes that add background information. Design features, including well-reproduced photographs and paintings, hand-drawn maps and use of color accents, add interest to the text. Finally, a substantial list of further reading adds to the informational value of this intriguing title. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)
Canadian Materials - Val Ken Lem
Hunter manages to capture the exotic places and customs associated with the famous trade route in biographies of three exceptional historic figures who travelled this series of trade routes that linked the Far East lands of China with the more Western worlds of India, Egypt, and even Europe.... Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road is beautifully designed with a lot of colour and numerous illustrations.... Modern photographs of animals and objects such as yurts or gers that have changed little over the centuries helps to connect the lives of the ancient travellers with the current world. Other events or sites are illustrated through reproductions from works of art created long ago.... The authors make use of recreated dialogue but not to excess. The book includes a useful index and two pages of further readings, including many websites organized into four sections: The Silk Road, Xuanzang, Genghis Khan, and Marco Polo. Highly Recommended.
VOYA - Angie Hammond
Although the term "Silk Road" was not coined until 1877, the trade routes in the Eastern World were used from as far back as the fifth century BCE. This book chronicles the adventures and perils of three men with very different stories on the Silk Road, covering a span of years from 629 BCE—1266 CE. Xuanzang was a Buddhist monk who left China with a mission to collect Buddhist scriptures from India to bring to his homeland for translation. Genghis Khan's story of uniting a Mongol nation, although mostly through conquering neighboring clans, is also one of improving transportation and communication along the various trade routes of the Silk Road. Venetian Marco Polo and his family were some of the first Europeans to travel along the Silk Road. His twenty-four years in service to the Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan were later chronicled in a wildly popular book that heightened the exotic lure of the Far East. Beautiful illustrations, maps, and pictures complement comprehensive yet easy-to-understand text. Galloway presents the material in a way that is accessible without being condescending. Sidebars and extras add texture, richness, and a greater understanding of the time and the area. This great introduction to the mysterious East or insight into any of the three travelers presented can be placed in the hands of students interested in history as well as those mesmerized by the lives of others. Reviewer: Angie Hammond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554511983
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/20/2009
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Priscilla Galloway is the author of more than 20 books, including Archers, Alchemists and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. She divides her time between Toronto and Georgian Bay, Ontario.

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