In a life of ceaseless exploration, Marco Polo pushed out the borders of his narrow medieval world. Born in Venice in 1254, he didn't meet his father until age 15, when the elder Polo returned from a trading expedition to the East. His father's tales of the court of the Kublai Khan in China ignited a lifelong passion for adventure.
The Polos set out for China in 1271, traveling through the Middle East, across the Gobi Desert, to Khanbaliq in China. The journey took four years. Kublai Khan took a great liking to Marco Polo, employing him as a spy throughout Sumatra, Sri Lanka, and India.
Dramatic visuals and absorbing narrative combine to give young readers a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time. Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout that children will be drawn to immediately. Timelines are used throughout to depict key events.
The comprehensive presentation makes these books perfect for students assigned to read a biography.
"Striking jackets and an ample assortment of archival images .concise spirited narratives will pull readers into the story." Booklist
"These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders Volumes are illustrated with maps and many colorful photographs of the art and sculpture that give substance to years long past."School Library Journal