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Marco Polo [Hardcover]


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31 Oct 2008
Many people say Marco Polo was the greatest explorer that ever lived, travelling 33,000 miles by land and sea from Italy, across Turkey, Armenia, the Middle East, the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, and the hot Taklimakan Desert, before finally reaching China in 1275. This book recounts the remarkable tale of Marco Polo s journey and all the different cultures, inventions, riches and religions that he encountered along the way. Inspired by the Eastern culture of the 13th century, Demi illustrates this beautiful book with Chinese inks and gold overlays, and uses a mixture of Chinese and Indian embroidery and Italian, Arabian and Persian designs of gold and ink on silk in creating the borders and frames.

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  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Library Binding edition (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454335
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 25.8 x 26.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Demi is the author and illustrator of over 100 children s books, including several picture-book biographies of great individuals in history. Her work has received many awards and accolades. She lives in Washington state, USA.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating and beautiful 25 Mar 2010
By Jen B - Published on
Not only is this a absolutely beautiful book, (as all Demi books are!), the story was fascinating. I hadn't really read about Marco Polo, and got this from the library for my child. It was nice to read the biography of his early life and personal details, not just the story of his travels. I like how Demi presents the question of whether Polo, and his father and uncle, actually traveled to the places they claimed, fairly. There is apparently question about this, and, as the book says, even his own relatives and friends pressured him on his deathbed to admit he'd made up the stories. However, the things he reported lead one to think he must have been telling the truth about much of it, or how could he have known such wonders existed?
In any case, the story is riveting, and the illustrations gorgeous. We all enjoyed this book very much at our house, and I doubt we could find another version told so respectfully and delicately. The historical explanations that give both sides to the question of Marco Polo's claims made a lot of sense, and yet left the book unbiased, while somehow complete. You have to read it for yourself to see if you believe some, or all, of his fantastic adventures.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This gorgeous book about Marco Polo's quest to the far reaches of the world is mesmerizing! 21 Jun 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on
Marco Polo was born in 1254 in the San Severo Parish in Venice, Italy. He didn't meet his father until he was fifteen years old because Niccolo was a trader who went to far away places. In 1271 Marco went along with his father and uncle Maffeo to China on the trip of a lifetime that not only he would remember, but one that would be remembered for centuries to come. Kublai Khan, who was a very tolerant man, wanted them to bring "the holy oil from the tomb of Jesus" and "one hundred Christian Men" when they returned to China. If Christianity was the true religion, he would then know it. Pope Gregory X sent two letters for Kulai Khan.

They collected the oil in Jerusalem, along with two monks who later became afraid and left to return home. The marvelous journey did not stop at Ayas because of the Mamluks bandits, they simply continued on. They visited the site where Noah's ark had landed on top of Mount Ararat, near the Black and Caspian seas they saw "fountains of oil springing from the ground and in the Tabriz they bartered for pearls. All the while Marco was writing in his journal. He wrote about Baghdad, Kerman, the Rudbar Plain and its Karunas bandits, the Persian Gulf, the Silk Route, the Desert of Emptiness, Tunocain and on and on as they traveled through many unusual lands and saw many strange things. In 1275 they finally reached China and Khan invited them to Xanadu where Marco was later asked to be his ambassador. It would be more than twenty-four years until the Polos returned home to Venice, a place where no one, not even their families, recognized them.

The art work in this book is mesmerizing and could stand alone without the text. The story of Marco Polo and his adventures was very well written and would be easy for even the most reluctant reader to make it to the end with ease. For the price you have to pay for this book you are receiving a bargain and shouldn't hesitate to snap up a copy. As Marco Polo told a priest, "I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed!" You won't believe how beautiful this book is!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Books is great, Kindle reproduction TERRIBLE 7 Jun 2013
By Pepe le Pew - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The illustrations are lovely, the text as well but as with MOST books I've purchased for my Kindle Fire, the inability to zoom in on artwork is abysmal. The reader can double click the text boxes, but it's really buggy--the menu comes up, the boxes flicker--really disappointing. More so is the fact that in most books the visual is tiny with no way to zoom or increase the size. I think I'm done buying any books with visuals for the Fire. Back to Barnes & Noble for the real thing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story, Amazing Illustrations 4 July 2013
By Mayflower Girl - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
My kids love to play "Marco Polo" in the swimming pool. One day, I asked them if they knew who he was. They didn't. I told them, "a great explorer," but after reading this book, I realize just how little I knew about him. It, like all of Demi's book, is a visual treat. The illustrations are magical...each and every one. The story is a fascinating one... all about how 15 year old Marco Polo set off with his uncle and father to China... and his adventures on the way. It includes his time working for the Chinese/Mongolian King Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan) well as his travels back. Truly fascinating. Great for kids studying the Middle Ages, geography, or just looking for an interesting book. I love how Marco described things he never had seen before such as tigers being lions with stripes. A true delight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clinic on How to Write a Picture Book Biography 30 Jun 2013
By fredtownward - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Author and illustrator Demi does something I didn't believe possible: write and illustrate a picture book biography from which the reader, whether adult or child, can actually learn about the subject. Based entirely on her own reading and research Demi has produced a gorgeously illustrated (of course!), but also informative and (to my utter amazement) very useful biography of arguably the world's greatest explorer (or greatest teller of tall tales in the eyes of skeptics).

Among other things Demi demonstrated that you can leave in the grim parts of history while still keeping it appropriate for children by simply mentioning them in passing without dwelling upon them or wallowing in the gore: "The Polos barely escaped, and most of the people in their caravan were murdered or sold into slavery."

I was offered the chance to also select Demi's Genghis Khan (Illustrated Biography) but passed it by, thinking, "Genghis Khan as the subject of a halfway accurate picture book biography? Yeah, right!"

Now, I'm sorry I missed it.
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