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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618432337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618432332
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-"In the days when the earth was flat and Jerusalem was the center of the world, there was a boy named Ibn Battuta." So begins this introduction to the journeys of this historically important but probably little-known, 14th-century Muslim figure. Born in Morocco and raised as a scholar, he began his 29 years of travel in 1325 when, "At twenty-one, he decided to go to Mecca as a pilgrim." He went on through Africa, across the steppes of Asia, into India and China, and back to Morocco where "he told his story to the Moroccan court secretary Ibn Juzayy, who wrote it down in Arabic." Rumford's simply written adaptation is often surprisingly eloquent. For example, Ibn Battuta comments on his voyage: "Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." "Traveling-it had captured my heart, and now my heart was calling me home." On each page, a portion of the text appears within its own bright white narrow road crossing elegantly bordered illustrations that shine with generous amounts of gold, red, and deep blue. This text also flows into and out of larger frames. The artist adorns many of these illustrations with Arabic and Chinese calligraphy, providing translations for the longer phrases at the end of the book. A few maps are included and they are executed with the same attention to presentation. A glossary of names, places, and important words provides essential information in an accessible format. Simply put, this is a beautifully crafted work that will undoubtedly spark interest and encourage further study.

Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An awe-inspiring tale, evocatively presented, and perfect for armchair travelers." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Simply put, this is a beautifully crafted work that will undoubtedly spark interest and encourage further study." School Library Journal, Starred
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is very well written for kids and adult.
Mohammad Meftauddin
Travelling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta by James Rumford is a extraordinary beautiful illustrated book.
romanbruni
This is a beautiful book, lovely illustrations and maps.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"In the days when the earth was flat and Jerusalem was the center of the world, there was a boy named Ibn Battuta." So begins Traveling Man, the eloquent story of a fourteenth century, Moroccan man's 75,000 mile, worldwide expedition. Heading first to Egypt, then on to Jerusalem, and Arabia to Mecca. He then traveled across the steppes of Asia to India, the Maldives, and on to China, thought at the time to be the end of the world, before finally, after 29 years, returning home again. Once home, Ibn Battuta told a court scribe about his journey and many adventures, and this written record is the basis for James Rumford's remarkable and mesmerizing story. His lyrical and engaging text is full of imagery, mystery, and magic, and complemented with elegant, creative, and vivid, artwork, done in hues of gold, red and blues. Together word and art transports the reader to a long ago place and time, on an amazing and fantastic journey. A glossary, afterword, and detailed map at the end, provides additional information to further enlighten and enhance the experience. Perfect for youngsters 8-12, Traveling Man is an evocative masterpiece that shouldn't be missed. As Ibn Battuta wrote..."Traveling - it offers you a hundred roads to adventure, and gives your heart wings!"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Sanders on October 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What you, as the reader of this and all Jim's books, don't know is that Mr. Rumford has lived, studied and worked in many of the places where his stories take place. He is a linguist, an historian, and an artist. So while this tale and his other stories may seem fictional, the element of realism is very strong. He not only reads and speaks these languages, he has studied how they are written--and seeing the embelishments in this story, you wonder. These symbols are real and accurate, produced by a true Renaissance man.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nura Moad on September 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for kids and adults alike! It's one of my son's favorite - he is enthralled by Ibn Battuta's adventures and likes to look at the beautiful illustrations. The Arabic script also makes this book interesting; it's not often that one comes across this sort of writing here. For me, it is a simple introductory of a man that I have heard of, but had not known much else. I wish this man is as famous as Marco Polo!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I adore James Rumford's book "Beowolf," because not only are the illustrations perfect, but the retelling is first rate, and the words he uses all have roots in the AngloSaxon languages. Impressive.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
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In twenty nine years of travelling, the Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta journeyed nearly seventy five thousand miles. His wanderings took him as far afield as India, China, Central Asia and the coasts of East and West Africa. During his travels, Ibn Battuta had many adventures and saw nearly the entire Islamic world. James Rumford's "Travelling Man" carefully traces Ibn Battuta's many trips. Rumford is a talented writer and uses a light touch to tell Ibn Battuta's story. My only criticism is that Rumford's touch is almost too light. It is a fascinating story and I wish Rumford had included much more detail.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CD on June 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This picture book is a beautifully illustrated picture book of one man's journey to Mecca. As a Christian, I appreciated this book for an explanation of the Muslims'a pilgrimage without being inundated with a lot of emphasis on the religion. It was more of a tale of the journey itself, filled with cultural imagery. The illustrations are lovely and creatively show the handwriting, animals, geography, architecture, and other elements of that time period and region.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wes on April 16, 2012
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Very short read but very good for kids or young teens. Im definitely wanting to get more books by or about ibn Battuta.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lizi on October 24, 2011
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This is a beautiful book, lovely illustrations and maps. A nice compliment to the actual translation of the Travellers account.
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