Shedding light on a legendary passage between the Mediterranean Sea and China, this overview outlines the history, geography, and people of the Silk Road region. Spanning from Roman times until the Age of Exploration, this noteworthy route helped spread different forms of technology, various cultural traditions, and even academic theories across two continents and beyond. The merchants, conquerors, pilgrims, and diplomats who set out on the fabled route in search of wealth, power, and knowledgeincluding Marco Polo himselfare also documented, illustrating the vast deserts, towering mountain peaks, warring tribes, and marauding bandits they endured. Through entertaining activities that use everyday materials, this guide enables children to re-create the clothes and foods of the nomadic tribes and city dwellers who made their homes along the historical Silk Road. Illuminating a mysterious and more obscure part of the world, this narrative celebrates the Silk Road’s important role in the development of human civilization.
Denis Belliveau explorer, filmmaker, and author of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo "Full of fun facts and insights, this book brought back such fond memories for me. The Silk Road is a wonderful way to introduce young people to one of the most interesting regions of the world and I'm sure it will inspire the next generation of explorers. I only wish it had been available before I spent two years traveling along its historic, dusty and memorable path." Al Dien Professor of Chinese, Emeritus, Stanford University and presenter of Along the Silk Road, an interactive workshop for middle school teachers "I am very much impressed with this book. It is imaginative and, despite being written for children, not at all 'dumbed down.' Full of interesting information presented in ways that are certain to stir the imagination of its intended audience, features such as 'Words to know,' 'Make your own,' and 'Fascinating Facts' all add to the effectiveness of the presentation."