Synopses & Reviews
From Roman times until the Age of Exploration, the Silk Road carried goods and ideas across Central Asia between two major centers of civilization, the Mediterranean Sea and China. In The Silk Road: Explore the Worlds Most Famous Trade Route
, readers ages 912 will learn about the history, geography, culture, and people of the Silk Road region.
Marco Polo was just one of many who set out on the Silk Road in search of wealth, power, or knowledge. These adventurers braved vast deserts, towering mountain peaks, warring tribes, and marauding bandits. Silk garments, wool rugs, and fine glass were the prizes for those who survived the trip. Activities using everyday materials bring the Silk Road to life. Young readers will see how ideas in math, science, religion, and art were spread by travelers along with the treasures they found. The Silk Road takes readers on an exciting, interactive adventure to a faraway place and celebrates its important role in human history and development. It also meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
"Introduces young readers to this history and collects facts, mini-biographies of people like Marco Polo or Genghis Khan, and information about ordinary life to make history come alive in multiple dimensions . . . projects, such as how to make a travel journal, a road map, or an abacus, further engage young readers." ForeWord Reviews
Denis Belliveau explorer, filmmaker, and author of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo
"Full of fun facts and insights, this book brought back such fond memories for me. The Silk Road is a wonderful way to introduce young people to one of the most interesting regions of the world and Im sure it will inspire the next generation of explorers. I only wish it had been available before I spent two years traveling along its historic, dusty and memorable path.”
Al Dien Professor of Chinese, Emeritus, Stanford University and presenter of Along the Silk Road, an interactive workshop for middle school teachers
I am very much impressed with this book. It is imaginative and, despite being written for children, not at all dumbed down. Full of interesting information presented in ways that are certain to stir the imagination of its intended audience, features such as Words to know, Make your own, and Fascinating Facts all add to the effectiveness of the presentation.”
Shedding light on a legendary passage between the Mediterranean Sea and China, this overview outlines the history, geography, and people of the Silk Road region. Spanning from Roman times until the Age of Exploration, this noteworthy route helped spread different forms of technology, various cultural traditions, and even academic theories across two continents and beyond. The merchants, conquerors, pilgrims, and diplomats who set out on the fabled route in search of wealth, power, and knowledgeincluding Marco Polo himselfare also documented, illustrating the vast deserts, towering mountain peaks, warring tribes, and marauding bandits they endured. Through entertaining activities that use everyday materials, this guide enables children to re-create the clothes and foods of the nomadic tribes and city dwellers who made their homes along the historical Silk Road. Illuminating a mysterious and more obscure part of the world, this narrative celebrates the Silk Roads important role in the development of human civilization.
About the Author
Kathryn Ceceri teaches history, science, and art enrichment classes for elementary and middle school students and is a columnist for Home Education Magazine. Her crafts and articles have appeared in Child, FamilyFun, and Sesame Street Parents, and online at wired.com. She is the author of Around the World Crafts, Discover the Desert, and World Myths and Legends. She lives in Schuylerville, New York.