The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

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For thousands of years, traders and travelers journeyed the Silk Road. Through the narrative and full-color pictures, the physical challenges and risks the travelers took, what they traded along the Silk Road, what ideas and languages were exchanged, and the kinds of people who lived along this often-dangerous thoroughfare, are revealed.

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John Major is the author of The Land and People of China (a Notable 1989 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies, NCSS/CBC) and The Land and People of Maylaysia & Brunei (a 1992 Books for the Teen Age, NY Public Library). He lives in New York, NY.

Stephen Fieser illustrated The Christmas Sky by Franklin Branley and The Sabbath Lion by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush. He lives in Harrisburg, PA.

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This well-matched pair explores an unusual picture-book topic: the Silk Route, which ran from the Chinese city of Chang'an to the European capital of Byzantium during the Tang Dynasty (618-906). Major (The Land and People of China) guides readers through a stop-by-stop excursion, devoting each spread to a different city along the way and explaining its importance to the caravans' progress. He surveys the different cultures traversed, adding drama in the form of such obstacles as bandits and the arid Taklamakan desert ("Its name means 'if you go in, you won't come out'"). Brief discussions of each city's religion, industry and daily life supply historical context while explaining the Route's social and economic importance. With their impressive variety of subjects and perspectives, Fieser's (The Christmas Sky) illustrations convey the scope and sweep of this famous passage. From a river rushing through Afghanistan's Pamir mountains to a sprawling overview of Baghdad, his pictures vivify Major's meticulous descriptions. Children's BOMC alternate. Ages 8-12.
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