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Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354 Paperback – May 25, 2004
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"Simply put, this is a beautifully crafted work that will undoubtedly spark interest and encourage further study." School Library Journal, Starred
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I was prepared to love this book - the story of Ibn Battuta's travels made an impression on me (I read Ross E. Dunn's "The Adventures of Ibn Battuta" a few years ago - it's for grown ups.) and I have loved children's picture books about Marco Polo (Demi) and Mansa Musa (Kephra Burns) - other medieval wanderers.
The illustrations on the end papers are interesting and whet your appetite, but the book itself was not satisfying. Some great illustrations, but too many pages are nothing more than the road symbolically traveling across a page with a few quotes from travelers tacked on, or maybe some script writing in Persian or Arabic or Chinese. That's neat, and it shows the research and detail that went into the book (see the Notes section)... but it means the pages are often fairly blank.
What illustrations there are, are heavenly.
I did not realise this book was an illustrated book with little text, but this book is a rare occurrence when a contemporary author meets the need of a really old tale and Mr Rumford does it magnificently.
It is my impression that Mr Rumford might have been studying lots of very difficult arts to accomplish this advanced reading book: the maps, the calligraphy, the tale all converge in harmonious balance, provinding harmonious equilibrium for those readers that venture do seek the travellers point of view. Being grateful for this reading, I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice. The themes are more suitable for older kids though, perhaps over 10.Published 19 months ago by SKN
This is probably best suited for a child and printed on paper where the artwork is best viewed. I'd avoid this if you are looking to learn more about Ibn Battuta from a more... Read morePublished 22 months ago by LK
The book seems amazing, but I had a very poor pagination experience and view options on Kindle, it literally tore the book apart and mixed the pages, both on MacBook Air and iPhone... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by magicalarabia
We enjoyed reading the book. We lived the califraphy and the illustration. The story is based on true accounts and is nicely written.
We will read and re read. Read more
This book is very well written for kids and adult. It is like you are reading a poetry. My son and coworkers loved the book.Published on August 1, 2013 by Mohammad Meftauddin
Although I was hoping for a book aimed at an older reading audience, I'm not disappointed with my purchase. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is concise.Published on April 8, 2013 by Kathrandra D. Smith
This book was Beautifully illustrated. I liked how the text was integrated in the illustrations. I would have liked the book to go on longer.Published on March 8, 2013 by R. Brady
Very short read but very good for kids or young teens. Im definitely wanting to get more books by or about ibn Battuta.Published on April 16, 2012 by Wes