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Marco Polo
     

Marco Polo

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by Demi
 
Many people say Marco Polo was the greatest explorer that ever lived, traveling 33, miles by land and sea from Venice, Italy, to modern-day Beijing, China. His famous book, The Travels of Marco Polo, indicates that he was a man of extraordinary bravery, brilliance, and strength. With his uncle and father, he traveled across Turkey, Armenia, the Middle East, the rugged

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Many people say Marco Polo was the greatest explorer that ever lived, traveling 33, miles by land and sea from Venice, Italy, to modern-day Beijing, China. His famous book, The Travels of Marco Polo, indicates that he was a man of extraordinary bravery, brilliance, and strength. With his uncle and father, he traveled across Turkey, Armenia, the Middle East, the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, and the hot Taklimakan Desert before finally reaching China in 1275. Welcomed by the great emperor Kublai Khan, Marco Polo was amazed by the inventions, riches, and religious tolerance of the great Khan’s kingdom, where Marco remained for the next 2 years.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Guide
Demi first sets the scene of thirteenth-century Italy, then chronicles Marco Polo's journey to China and back. The explorer's own perspectives on everything from asbestos to rhinoceroses are woven into the narrative. Demi's trademark illustrations in Chinese inks and gold overlays are contained within rich silk fabric borders. A map showing Polo's route is appended.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
In Demi's latest biography, she moves from the lives of inspiring spiritual leaders, such as Ghandi, Muhammad, and the Dalai Lama, to the life story of the legendary explorer, Marco Polo. Demi's lush illustrations celebrate her own very diverse training as well as the wide variety of cultures Marco Polo explored. She compacts a great deal of information, including many exotic names and places into a very readable text; however, it is the red and golden toned lush illustrations that truly communicate the awe-inspiring variety of amazing sights and adventures that the 13th century Venetian explorer experienced and recorded. The text and the magnificently "illuminated" illustrations are likely to inspire readers to turn to other sources (including of course, the Internet) to help them flesh out the many marvels behind a sentences such as "Marco was fascinated by Chinese inventions: gunpowder, the kite, the pony express, little black stones that burned all night (coal), spaghetti, the water clock….." This book is a treasure, well worth investing in for both classroom and home libraries. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

Gr 3-7

This elegant, scholarly picture-book biography brings the explorer's fantastic journey to life. Born into a wealthy Venetian merchant family in 1254, Polo embarked on his famous trip to China at age 17 with his father and uncle, both accomplished explorers. A gifted storyteller, Demi weaves her subject's own accounts into a seamless tale of wonder. Traveling by boat, horse, pack mule, and camel, the group faced constant peril-bandits, pirates, vast deserts where "...eerie spirit voices...tried to lead them astray," mountains "so high and so cold that no birds flew," monsoons, dust storms, cannibals, illness, and murderous warriors. On their journey home after almost a quarter of a century, only 8 of a party of 600 survived. When they finally returned home, their amazing tales were often met with disbelief, even mockery. While defending his city during a war with Genoa in 1298, Marco was captured and imprisoned. He told his stories to a fellow prisoner-a writer, who recorded them in "the greatest travel book ever written," now known as The Travels of Marco Polo . The delicately rendered illustrations, painted with Chinese inks and gold overlays, often extend beyond their intricate frames of "Chinese and Indian embroidery and Italian, Arabian, and Persian designs...on silk." Dominated by red and gold, these miniatures capture the exotic beauty of 13th-century China.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

Kirkus Reviews
Marco Polo was just 17 when he left his home in Italy to travel to China with his merchant father-a man who had traveled so long and far that Marco had met him only two years before. It was another 24 years before Marco would return to Italy with a treasure of precious jewels sewn into his clothing and a lifetime's worth of discoveries and adventures. Marco Polo and his merchant family bridged Europe and Asia long before Christopher Columbus set sail for the West. The anecdotal narrative is just right for an introduction to this remarkable voyager. Small paintings in Chinese inks brightened with gold overlays make each page a treasure-delicately, meticulously assembled, each scene identifies Marco with a red feather, and each miniature emerges from a richly detailed border. It's disappointing that a sense of the strangeness of the world to Marco's European eyes never quite emerges; the text and the illustrations remain somewhat detached from each other as a result. Still, there's plenty of charm for the eyes and imagination. (author's note, map) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761454335
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Marco Polo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Colette88 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only educational,
but it is an artistic treasure.