- Also check our best rated Children’s Book reviews
The Silk Route Paperback – 8 Mar 1996
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"A lively look at both Chinese and Persian cultures."--"School Library Journal"A trip well worth taking."--"The Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
Showing 1-4 of 4 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I particularly liked how the author emphasized the multi-cultural aspect of the journey, for instance the word ‘silk’ is printed throughout the text in characters of different languages. The book ends with a section entitled, ‘A Closer Look’. This provides thumbnail illustrations and useful background information that could lead the young reader towards further fact-finding.
If I were to be picky about anything, I personally would have liked a chapter on the early history of the Silk Route and a mention of Han China – but that is my preference and not a valid criticism of the book. In fact, the next copy of this book I buy will be for me!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I teamed the folk story and the story of the silk trade and ancient road with gifts of Chinese Barbie dolls for the granddaughters. And we discussed also the influence on fashion in the West after the International exhibition of 1862 during the Victorian years, in home decorations, gardens, porcelain china, dresses, and even the Enlish Royals household dogs (Japanese Spaniels, now the Japanese Chin...which originated in China.
Each page reflects a different culture with different customs, architectural styles, and ethnicities, moving from China east to Constantinople. The illustrations are well-drawn and offer a lot of information in their own right; the text is a wonderful look at cultural communication and long-distance travel.
The reading level is not difficult, but the interest level is vast -- 2nd grade to adult.