Marco Polo

Marco Polo

by Kahtleen Thompson, Dan Woods

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 The best part of this book is the map of Marco Polo's travels. The rest of the book lacks clarity and relevance. The opening paragraph is written in third person; the narration then makes an awkward shift to first person. The text is condescending, and the dialogue doesn't ring true. Many names of historical persons are included, but there is no explanation as to who they are, and the names will mean nothing to most children; few will understand the significance of Kublai Khan, holy oil, the city of Acre in the Holy Land, or bandits called Karaunas. The treatment of each of these is superficial and incomplete. Paintings generously illustrate the confusing text but do not redeem it. This book misses its audience. Those who have enough background to understand the text will not want this book, which appears to be for much younger children. Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schs . , Iowa

Product Details

Publication date:
Stories Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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