Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China with 21 Activities

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The Far East comes alive in this activity book centered on Marco Polo’s journey to China from Venice along the 13th-century Silk Road. Kids will join Marco as he travels by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Woven throughout the tale are 21 activities that highlight the diverse cultures Marco encountered along the way. Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun...
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Overview


The Far East comes alive in this activity book centered on Marco Polo’s journey to China from Venice along the 13th-century Silk Road. Kids will join Marco as he travels by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Woven throughout the tale are 21 activities that highlight the diverse cultures Marco encountered along the way. Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun with Feng Shui, making paper, and putting on a wayang-kulit (shadow-puppet play). Just for fun, kids will learn a few words of Turkish, Persian, Mongol, Hindi, and Chinese. A complete resource section with magnificent museums and their Web sites invites kids to embark on their own expedition of discovery.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The book offers suspenseful stories, as Polo and his men face shipwrecks, bandits and other dangers.” —The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News
The book offers suspenseful stories, as Polo and his men face shipwrecks, bandits and other dangers.
The Star-Ledger
Lots of pictures and tidbits of information to capture young imaginations.
Star-Telegram
Celebrate the Chinese Year...by reading Marco Polo for Kids-and getting your kids involved in 21 historically based activities.
Washington Parent
The activities are fantastic...there are wonderful graphic elements and pop-up boxes of interesting tidbits on folklore, language, religion, animals, geography, and art.
Publishers Weekly
In her historical activity book, Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities, Janis Herbert chronicles the famous explorer's travels along the "Silk Road" to the palace of the Kublai Khan. Projects feature the various cultures that he experienced. For example, kids can make a mandala (a Tibetan circular sand painting that symbolizes the circle of life) and play "Eagle and Chicks," a Chinese game. Archival artwork and prints add to the handsome volume. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The twenty-four year period in Marco Polo's life that encompassed his travels to and from China remains one of the great adventure stories in recorded history. When young Marco departed from Venice he was a mere fifteen years old. When he returned, he had seen people, places and things that were not even dreamed of by his European kin. The China that Marco Polo, his father and uncle visited was a distant empire ruled by the immortal Kublai Khan. This Mongol sovereign governed a domain so vast that it made the Roman Empire seem minor. The Polos' experiences en route to China as well as those traveling across the Empire were so incredible that most people in Venice viewed the men as liars when they returned home. However, the passage of time proved their words to be true. Herbert's wonderful book presents young readers with the tale of Marco Polo's travels to the Far East. Also included are numerous activities that children can engage in that will amplify the account. Readers can try yoga, use Mandarin phrases, make their own yogurt or craft a Tibetan sand Mandela. This is a book that reads like a wondrous adventure novel yet is based on facts. It provides an insightful look at one of mankind's most fascinating journeys. 2001, Chicago Review Press, $16.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523779
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Edition description: ACTIVITY
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 539,807
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Janis Herbert is the author of The American Revolution for Kids, The Civil War for Kids, Leonardo da Vinci for Kids, and Lewis and Clark for Kids.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Marco Polo

    Marco Polo, born September 15, 1254 ¿ January 9, 1324, is famous for his travels through Asia, where he served in the court of China¿s great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Marco was one of the first Europeans to travel into Mongolia and China. By writing a book of his discoveries and adventures, Marco offered Europe its first look at eastern cultures and traditions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Marco Polo by Janis Herbert clarifies the life travels of Marco Polo thoroughly. This is a short easy read and describes Macro Polo¿s travels to China to meet the court of Kublai Khan. This book also does a great job of describing Marco Polo¿s encounters with the world outside of Venice. Not only is there writing but pictures are displayed to give you a real feel of what Marco Polo was seeing on his adventures. I would recommend this book for home schooled children and children having to write research papers on Marco Polo. Janis Herbert does a great job of completing her purpose. She completes her purpose by staying on topic and never rambling. She also gives you sum up of the history of all the places Marco Polo visited. This helps you learn Marco Polo¿s travels as well as the history of some foreign countries. This book is ok and not the best, but it is educational for anyone who reads it.

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