From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7 This useful biography of Marco Polo should earn its keep as a source for reports. A problem for all biographers is separating fact from fiction, and this problem is only exacerbated when they try to tackle the life of Marco Polo, whose The Travels of Marco Polo is the main source of information on his discoveries. Greene does an admirable job of sorting out the true from the possibly true and the untrue, and her account is straightforward. However, she is a bit shaky when she tries to give background information in certain sections. The complicated political and economic relationships of the various countries and city-states surrounding the Mediterranean are inevitably somewhat confusing. One chapter begins with a rough transition from an account of Coleridge and his poetic description of Xanadu to a description of the palace as Polo saw it. These are minor problems, however. The index, map, and timeline are all helpful. The illustrations, black-and-white reproductions, do not amplify the text and are less satisfactory. Yet the book will find its audience among young report writers. Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, Ill.
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