Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

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Annick Press, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 164 pages
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A gripping account of three dramatic journeys that changed history.

The fabled Silk Road conjures up the sights, smells and sounds of faraway lands. But traveling the Silk Road took years, and those who set out encountered bandits, starvation and treacherous storms.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road introduces readers to three great historical figures:

Chinese Buddhist Xuanzang, whose 16-year journey from China to India and back (629-645 AD) is the only source we have for huge chunks of the history and geography of this time. His successful search for Buddhist scriptures changed the course of two great nations.

Genghis Khan, bred from infancy to be a warrior, brought the Mongol clans together. He established the greatest empire the world had seen, which ruled the Silk Road from 1201 to 1227.

Italian merchant Marco Polo journeyed through China from 1271 to 1295. He changed the way Europe saw the world, and his book even inspired Columbus to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of China.

Beautiful photographs and art depicting the ancient routes and peoples bring the stories to life. Maps, sidebars and an afterword that updates the story of the Silk Road are also featured.

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User Review  - Tobye - Goodreads

From an educator perspective, this book was awesome. It had a great story-telling aspect to tell the nonfiction story. There are great non-fiction text features that go in depth into pieces of each person's journey that adds interest to the topics. Read full review

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User Review  - Kira - Goodreads

I highly dislike non fiction books. they are so boring! Read full review

About the author (2009)

Priscilla Galloway is the author of more than 20 books, including Archers, Alchemists and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. She divides her time between Toronto and Georgian Bay, Ontario.

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