The Adventures of Marco Polo

by Russell Freedman

Hardcover, 2006



Local notes

921 POL



Arthur A. Levine Books (2006), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 64 pages


A look at the life of Marco Polo.

Physical description

64 p.; 10.38 inches


043952394X / 9780439523943



User reviews

LibraryThing member sckimmel
This account of Marco Polo's daring adventures is also a lovely example of bookmaking with pages that look like parchment paper, with lush paintings and many colorful images from historical illuminated manuscripts.
LibraryThing member tiburon
This is a very in-depth study of the life of explorer Marco Polo, complete with many reproductions of illustrations from throughout history. I like the 'parchment' look of the pages, and the great attention to detail. Illustrations provided by Bagram Ibatoulline, accompanied by archival period artwork.
LibraryThing member amandacb
This tells the story of Polo’s adventures and journeys, as well as how “skeptics scoffed at Marco’s stories.” It is text-heavy, so this would be more appropriate for older readers. On every page or every other page there is some kind of illustration, usually small. It is printed on heavy paper treated to look like parchment.… (more)
LibraryThing member Whisper1
This is a lovely book for children, and adults who want to learn of the journey of Marco Polo as he leaves his home land in Venice and traveled the silk route to China. In 1269, he and two others traveled on an epic journey to Asia. While he was not the first to reach Asia, he was the first to leave a highly detailed accounting, some of which may have been embellished. But, most of which was accurate enough for succeeding men to follow his foot steps.

When he returned to war with Genoa, he was imprisoned and it is in his cell, that he dictated his tale. Later in life, he married, became wealthy and was the father of three children.
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LibraryThing member mirikayla
This is a book that older children can use for school projects where they need more detail. It's about 50 pages long with a lot of text, and wonderful "archival, period artwork." There's a lot of information, and the book is frank about the fact that some scholars don't think Marco Polo was entirely truthful in his original writings (although the author falls on the side of believing most of it). Very, very interesting.… (more)






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