Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

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Silk has long been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. But thousands of years ago, the production of silk cloth was one of China's most prized secrets. So how did silk become one of the most sought-after materials in the world?

With lavish illustrations and a highly informative text, The Silk Route traces the early history of the silk trade-from the mulberry groves of China to the marketplace in Byzantium-and explores how two of the world's greatest empires were brought ...

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Overview

Silk has long been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. But thousands of years ago, the production of silk cloth was one of China's most prized secrets. So how did silk become one of the most sought-after materials in the world?

With lavish illustrations and a highly informative text, The Silk Route traces the early history of the silk trade-from the mulberry groves of China to the marketplace in Byzantium-and explores how two of the world's greatest empires were brought together, forever opening the channels of commerce between East and West.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Far away, famous places like Samarkand, Damascus and Byzantium, may be linked in our minds because they sound so colorful and romantic, but this nonfiction overview of the silk route from China to Byzantium, shows us that these places and many more were vital stops on the trails that brought silk, as well as many other commodities, people and ideas from the East to the West, and back again. The many dramatic, colored pencil illustrations combined with a fairly brief and lively text, help make this book appealing as well as useful. Several extra pages at the end provide more detailed information than that given in the main body of the book with it's picture book format. A map is included.
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East meets West in this beautifully told and illustrated recounting of the arduous trade route established to transport silk across two continents. Traces a trail from the looms of Tang Dynasty China to the ports of Byzantium, where it was brought to the sumptuous courts of Europe. 8 3/4" x 11 1/4".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064434683
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition number: 97
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 380,221
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

John Major is the author of The Land and People of China (a Notable 1989 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies, NCSS/CBC) and The Land and People of Maylaysia & Brunei (a 1992 Books for the Teen Age, NY Public Library). He lives in New York, NY.

Stephen Fieser illustrated The Christmas Sky by Franklin Branley and The Sabbath Lion by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush. He lives in Harrisburg, PA.

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