- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 5
- Lexile Measure: AD1140L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 2.7.1996 edition (March 8, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064434680
- ISBN-13: 978-0064434683
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History Paperback – March 8, 1996
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Silk has long been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. But thousands of years ago, the production of silk cloth was one of China's most prized secrets. So how did silk become one of the most sought-after materials in the world?
With lavish illustrations and a highly informative text, The Silk Route traces the early history of the silk trade-from the mulberry groves of China to the marketplace in Byzantium-and explores how two of the world's greatest empires were brought together, forever opening the channels of commerce between East and West.
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I teamed the folk story and the story of the silk trade and ancient road with gifts of Chinese Barbie dolls for the granddaughters. And we discussed also the influence on fashion in the West after the International exhibition of 1862 during the Victorian years, in home decorations, gardens, porcelain china, dresses, and even the Enlish Royals household dogs (Japanese Spaniels, now the Japanese Chin...which originated in China.
Each page reflects a different culture with different customs, architectural styles, and ethnicities, moving from China east to Constantinople. The illustrations are well-drawn and offer a lot of information in their own right; the text is a wonderful look at cultural communication and long-distance travel.
The reading level is not difficult, but the interest level is vast -- 2nd grade to adult.
because it makes bold statements and correlations with facts not well known.
it presents very sophisticated ideas with kindness and precision.