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Animals Marco Polo Saw: An Adventure on the Silk Road (Explorer Series) Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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Grade 3–6—This intriguing book discusses generally agreed-upon details of Marco Polo's explorations in Mongolia and the Far East, and speculates about the moths, jackals, van cats, zebu, oxen, Persian lions, snow cats, and camels he may have met along the way. Though this quick read is generally informative, there are a couple of mistakes: the Persian lion is not extinct, as stated, and the Latin name provided for the Marco Polo sheep is incomplete. The text is enhanced by color, mixed-media illustrations that occupy one page or the top half of each spread, and depict street and wilderness scenes. Sidebars discussing particular animals include a small, color drawing of the creature, and back matter includes a full-page, old-style map of the explorer's travels. A useful introduction to 13th-century history.—Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ
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About the Author

Sandra Markle is a former elementary school science teacher, a nationally known science education consultant, and the author of many award-winning books for children. Born and raised in the United States, she now lives in New Zealand.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Explorer Series
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811850513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wjamieson on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The text was very interesting. It focused on a small, but intriguing facet of travel across Eurasia, the animals that populated the area more than 600 years ago.
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