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Animals Marco Polo Saw: An Adventure on the Silk Road (Explorer Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:081185051X
LANGUAGE:English

" Will appeal to travel enthusiasts, history buffs, and lovers of art. Well made book with lush paintings, wonderful finish on the pages, and informative and lively text to accompany the illustrations. " said.

" We read this picture book to complement our Middle Ages history lesson about explorers. " said.

" I picked this up because I like Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini's artwork. And I really liked the artwork. But this is also a nice early middle grade/middle grade non-fiction book on Marco Polo and some of his travels. Enjoyed this one a lot. " said.

"Inside Cover:
In 1271, the great explorer Marco Polo set off on an adventure f a lifetime -- traveling the Silk Road by horseback with his father and uncle, from Italy to Cathay (modern-day China) and beyond, to learn about the family's silk cloth business and to meet the great emperor of China -- Kublai Khan. As he traveled through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, across Mt. Ararat, and into the Far East, Marco Polo was amazed by the people he met, by how different the landscape looked, and by the many unusual animals he encountered along his great journey. From giant Asian elephants to Persian lions, this is the story of the historic adventures of Marco Polo and the animals he saw along the way.
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"I was actually a bit disappointed in this book, which I read because one of my GR friends liked it. I think that, had I been expecting more of a story about Marco Polo, I might have enjoyed it more, but the title and the friend's review let me to believe there would be more of the story about the animals. Instead, they seem to be mentioned, almost as an afterthought on the pages where they appear. The people and places seem to be much more a focus of the story. I do like the illustrations, though." said.

"This was nicely illustrated and clearly written (albeit with a lot of "maybe" and "could have"). I can't say I found it very enthralling; it definitely had that written-for-educational-use quality. But nice enough as that sort of book goes. It could be good for homeschooling as there are many related projects that could be adapted for different age levels: looking at maps, reading more about the animals, researching Polo's experiences in greater depth, looking up what the areas he saw are like today, etc.

" said.

" Will appeal to travel enthusiasts, history buffs, and lovers of art. Well made book with lush paintings, wonderful finish on the pages, and informative and lively text to accompany the illustrations. " said.

" We read this picture book to complement our Middle Ages history lesson about explorers. " said.

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