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Animals Marco Polo Saw (Explorer Series)

by Sandra Markle

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ANIMALS MARCO POLO SAW by Sandra Markle is more of a biography than a book about animals Marco Polo saw. (She writes a series of explorer books with this premise.) It is however interesting and draws the reader into his amazing life. She does list books and websites that readers can explore to learn more about Marco Polo's life, the places and animals he saw. She provides an index as well as a glossary and map of his travels. There is no bibliography so it would be difficult from this text to realize the accuracy. There is detailed information and the pronunciation notations after many new words is quite helpful and helps precise language to be pronounced correctly. The index helps understanding. An animal is explained for each new area Marco Polo, his father and uncle travel, however it isn't the main focus. There is far more detail about his adventures than the actual animals, and often one reads, "He probably saw..." This would not necessarily be reflective of accuracy. It is the actual travels that are so amazing and draw the reader in. The story is told in chronological order so it is easy to follow. It is clearly written and has titles for each part of his adventure. It begins with an explanation of what it was like when Marco Polo was born and how people did not know about the entire world. It was through Marco Polo and his adventures that others began to learn more about the world and what it was like. It then follows from when and where he was born and his dreams to his travels to meet Kublai Khan and return to his country of Italy. It explains how as he told of his adventures in prison and how a fellow prisoner wrote them down and published later as THE DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD.The illustrations add to the story. ( )
  dscalia | Mar 16, 2014 |
This entry in Sandra Markle's Explorer Series for young readers - which also includes Animals Christopher Columbus Saw and Animals Charles Darwin Saw - follows famous explorer Marco Polo on his thirteenth-century journey from Venice to Cathay (modern day China), paying particular attention to the animals he would have encountered on his way.

The beautiful mixed media illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini - who also worked on the new edition of Jane Yolen's The Seeing Stick - are what initially drew me to this title, and they do not disappoint. With decorative endpapers, full-page color spreads, and partial page animal portraits, Animals Marco Polo Saw is a beautiful book, with immense visual appeal. It is also quite informative, and young readers will learn, not only about a fascinating early journey of exploration, but about the great zoological diversity of the world.

Of those animals encountered by Marco Polo, my favorite was undoubtedly Turkey's Van Cat, with its distinctive white fur, and blue and amber eyes (usually one of each - look at this beauty!). Terrazzini's best animal portrait, however, was probably the one of the Persian lion, tragically hunted into extinction. I'm sorry to see that this was the only volume of the series illustrated by this artist (thus far), but I think I will hunt down the other titles regardless, as the premise of the series itself is very appealing. Highly recommended to all young animal lovers and history buffs! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 081185051X, Hardcover)

A continuation of the Explorers series by award-winning author Sandra Markle, Animals Marco Polo Saw brings to life the amazing, exotic animals Marco Polo encountered during his explorations in Asia, how the animals sometimes affected the outcome of the journey, and even helped the explorer survive!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:18 -0400)

Chronicles the travels of Marco Polo and the exotic animals that he saw along the way.

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