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Marco Polo Hardcover – 31 Oct 2008

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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: 26.6 x 26.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,895 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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By Mrs Maria Cullen on 20 Feb. 2015
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I love this book. Beautifully illustrated. Arrived quickly and perfect condition. Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Facinating and beautiful 25 Mar. 2010
By Jen B - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
`There never was a single man before who learned so much and beheld so much' 1 Jun. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Demi is both the author and the illustrator of his singularly visually magnificent book. She references Rustichello's book `Description of the World' which later became known as THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO - a book dictated to Rustichello by Marco Polo while they were both imprisoned in 1298 in Genoa's Palace San Giorgio.

Demi begins with Marco Polo's birth in Venice, Italy in 1254, and then allows us to join in the infamous journey to China, which began in 1271 with Marco Polo, his father, Niccolo, and his uncle Maffeo. Their journey was at the invitation of Kublai Khan, the Emperor of China. The journey was long, filled with discoveries of not only lands new to them but also of the many natural wonders and resources unknown to the rest of the world. The journey takes them to Jerusalem where they gather the Holy Oil to take as a gift to Kublai Khan who wanted to become familiar with Christianity. Apparently the great Kahn was accepting of all religions - Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christian Nestorianism, Islam, Judaism, and all sects. There in China Marco Polo learned about the Chinese inventions of gunpowder, the kite, the pony express, coal, spaghetti, the water clock, the umbrella, silk, the spinning wheel, paper, the compass, the printing press - all discoveries when would return to Europe at the end of his journey.

Each of the many years it took to reach China was filled with discoveries by Marco Polo and when he arrived in China he was made the ambassador to Kublai Khan and in that distinguished capacity he visited even more countries, learning the wonders of the world.

What Demi provides in this book is not only a well considered history of one of the greatest explorers of the world, but she designs every page with intricate illustrations incorporating gold ink - creating the semblance of illuminated manuscripts. The art is magnificent. The book is magnificent! Grady Harp, May 13
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating account of Marco Polo's journeys and the wonders he saw along the travel 26 April 2013
By Didaskalex - Published on
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"When a man is riding through this desert by night ...-falling asleep or anything else- he gets separated from his companions ..., he hears spirit voices talking to him as if they were his companions, sometimes even calling him by name. Often these voices lure him away from the path and he never finds it again,..." -- Marco Polo, straying off the path

Marco Polo, the son of a merchant who traded luxury goods, was born in Venice in 1254. Marco's father Niccolo was always away, during his childhood, traveling to far away lands, to buy silks that would sell for high prices in Italy. When Marco was fifteen, his father and his uncle finally returned home. During their travels, they had visited Kublai Khan, the Mongolian emperor of distant China, who was interested in many things, and tolerant of religions. Two years after coming back, before they left Italy to acquire Kublai Khan's request, of holy oil from Jerusalem, they took seventeen year old Marco with them, this time.

It took the Polos many years until they finally arrived at Kublai Khan's summer palace, after many adventures, during their silk road journey. However, their travels and adventures were not over, after Kublai Khan was delighted to see them again. The emperor was pleased with young Marco, having him by his side, and showing the brave lad the many wonderful things that Cathay (China) had to offer. Kublai Khan sent Marco on trips around China, and to India, Ceylon, and foreign lands as his own ambassador. Marco Polo's remarkable journey describes the thirteen century Middle East with riches and inventions of Yuan dynasty' China.

Demi, a talented artist and charming storyteller, gives a fascinating account of Marco Polo's journeys and the wonders he saw along the travel. The colorful book is styled to reflect the beautiful ornaments of the Asian caravan. illustrations, and I would have liked more information in the text as well. Marco Polo's fantastic account was, according to Demi's story, often not believed, and the meticulously paintings lend credibility to the story. The richly gilded illustrations are wonderful--I just wanted the text to be wonderful, too, instead of--okay. Well worth sharing with children, though, for whom this may be their only exposure to the great explorer.

In this well researched and elegantly produced book, the author brings back the Marco Polo's great explorations to life. The story is a proper introduction to this remarkable voyager. For every page, Demi has created gold adorned illustrations to reflect thirteenth century Asian paintings. All of her illustrations have beautiful frames that enhances the book's oriental and magical feel. Minimal paintings with golden overlays converts each page into a treasure. The illustrations remain prominent in the book production, with Demi's energetic Ccamel, and Marco's map.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Clinic on How to Write a Picture Book Biography 30 Jun. 2013
By fredtownward - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Story, Amazing Illustrations 4 July 2013
By Mayflower Girl - Published on
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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.
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