Who Was Marco Polo?

Who Was Marco Polo?

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by Joan Holub, John O'Brien, Nancy Harrison
     
 

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Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China . . . and forty-one when he came back! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about . . . or

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Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China . . . and forty-one when he came back! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about . . . or was it all made-up? Young readers are presented with the facts in this entertaining, highly readable Who Was . . .? biography with black-and-white artwork by John O'Brien.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
This biography of the famed Venetian traveler is certainly accessible to young readers, with a breezy, casual style and generous illustrations. Almost every page is enhanced by black-and-white drawings depicting the people, places, things, and animals described in the text. Holub traces Marco Polo's life, from his childhood in Venice, to his travels in the Middle East and Asia, to his life in China and his return home twenty-four years later. Numerous sidebars, presented in a graphic-novel style, provide context to the available details of Marco Polo's life. In discussing Polo's book, The Travels of Marco Polo, Holub raises interesting and important questions that historians have asked for centuries about the veracity of the traveler's tales. On occasion, the author's otherwise commendable efforts to be fresh and lively produce awkward results, such as a long fragment masquerading as a sentence on the very first page—or, later in the book, assertions such as the following: "[T]he Islamic prophet Muhammad rose to heaven in Jerusalem" (without indicating that this is a belief, not a fact) or, "Even though Kublai [Khan] had murdered many people and grabbed their land, Marco thought he was a fair ruler." The book is part of the "Who Was. . .?" original paperback series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448445403
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/05/2007
Series:
Penguin Group Who Was Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
106,505
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Holub is the author and/or illustrator of many books for children. She lives in North Carolina, where the famous groundhog Sir Walter Wally helps watch the weather at the Museum of Natural Sciences. You can visit Joan at www.joanholub.com.

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Who Was Marco Polo 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MAMMYW More than 1 year ago
Great book! Great Series. We liked it so much we are getting more of the WHO WAS? series for my grandson. These are very educational and easy for anyone to read and understand. They will be great as a future reference library!!
TeachBE More than 1 year ago
Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub is the first book that I have read in the "Who Was...? Series," and it won't be my last! For those that may be unfamiliar with the "Who Was..? Series," the books are all biographies about well-known historical figures that are written in a kid-friendly way, by several different authors. Who Was Marco Polo? is a MUST HAVE in any elementary classroom! This book not only serves as a source of reading pleasure for students, but is a great instructional tool as well! It is an excellent resource to use when introducing elementary students to biographies! The historical tale of Marco Polo is told in a narrative format that is easy to follow and is very interesting! The use of suspense entwined with interesting facts about Marco Polo kept me on my toes the whole time! The chapters that divide the different timeframes and events of Polo's life make it easy to remember significant events, as well as the "Timeline of Marco Polo's Life" that is included in the back of the book. This book will definitely motivate students to read more biographies! This book also includes 2-3 pages in-between each chapter that focuses on relevant historical information relating to the timeframe in which Marco Polo lived. "If You Lived In Europe At The Time of Marco Polo," "Gutenberg's New Printing Press," and "If You Were Chinese At The Time of Marco Polo" are just a few titles of these pages! These pages are very interesting and can be used in the classroom as a springboard into the study of other historical events, along with the "Timeline of the World" that is included in the back of the book! Lastly, what I especially liked about this book as an elementary school teacher is that it is appropriate for a wide age range of students. While its larger print, shorter chapters and pictures make it a great beginning chapter book for second graders, the historical content of the book and fascinating story of Marco Polo is appropriate for grades 2nd-5th! As evident from my strong review of this book, I strongly recommend that elementary teachers make Who Was Marco Polo? the next addition to their classroom library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read about how Marco Polo grew up in Venice and was trained by his family to be a merchant. He read all about different types of money and measurements used around the world to help him to trade goods. You'll learn how 17 year-old Marco traveled with his father and uncle on a long and dangerous trip to Asia. As a young man, he wrote about his travels in his journal to help other merchants that traveled after him to Asia. He met the Kublai Khan in his palace who gave the Polos protective charms, goods, crewman and ships for their travels. You'll also learn about how he was captured in a battle and put in a Genoa jail. While in jail he met an author named Rustichello who helped Marco write about his travels. And the book ends with a fascinating description of the history of printing and new ways of book printing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marco polo is a great historical figure.he discoved tones of things.read it and make projects for yourself and a three minute speech you can also read it out loud to your family or classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt really understand it and he went too so many different places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
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It's bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol I always thought it was just a game
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
did you know there is a game calld morc polo? it is a water game www. who was .com or call 987465231 must 18 or older to order
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Farts smell bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I reccomend not to read it
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