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{Who Was Marco Polo?: Joan Holub}Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub
Series: Who Was/Is?
Published by Grosset & Dunlap on July 5, 2007
Genres: Childrens, Middle School, Non-Fiction
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} – Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China . . . and forty-one when he came back! More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about . . . or was it all made-up? Young readers are presented with the facts in this entertaining, highly readable Who Was . . . ? biography with black-and-white artwork by John O?Brien.

{My thoughts} – Everyone is aware of the game that individual’s like to play called Marco Polo. One person says Marco and another says Polo. The individual that says Marco is suppose to find the individual that says Polo without being able to physically see them. This game is often played in bodies of water. Marco Polo the explorer is whom the game is named after.

Marco Polo was a born a merchant in Italy. He came from a family of merchants and it was ll he every knew and was taught. When he turned 17 he made a trip with his father and his Uncle to China. They spent a great number of years there working on a ruler named Kublai Khan. Khan was feared by those his armies had overthrown. However, he appeared to be a just and reasonable ruler based on the information recorded by Marco Polo on his travels with his family.

Marco Polo had kept vivid noted of everything he saw, he learned and he did while he was traveling. He had no real reason to keep all the notes, other then that he’d wanted to. It was a good thing that he did though because his notes and the things he learned became really useful for others that wanted to travel a similar journey.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading many more books in this series.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.