Children's LiteratureOn any summer day, shouts of "Marco Polo" can be heard at the local swimming pool as children splash around chasing one another. This insightful book introduces young readers to the real Marco Polo, ambassador to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. The drive to explore foreign lands was in Marco's bloodboth his father and uncle made trips to the Orient to trade their goods. When Marco was seventeen-years old, his father allowed him to come along. Twenty-five years later, Marco returned to his Italian homeland with fantastic stories of jewels, silks, and wild animals. Marco spent much of his life as an ambassador and in his travels through the Orient, learned much about the people in Asia. His record of those journeys opened up a whole new world for many Europeans. This detailed account of Marco's life combines information about the time period with Marco's journey to create an overall look at thirteenth century life. Rich illustrations and maps provide visual interest, and a glossary defines unfamiliar terms. 2006, Crabtree, and Ages 12 up.