The Far East comes alive in this activity book centered on Marco Polo’s journey to China from Venice along the 13th-century Silk Road. Kids will join Marco as he travels by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Woven throughout the tale are 21 activities that highlight the diverse cultures Marco encountered along the way. Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun with Feng Shui, making paper, and putting on a wayang-kulit (shadow-puppet play). Just for fun, kids will learn a few words of Turkish, Persian, Mongol, Hindi, and Chinese. A complete resource section with magnificent museums and their Web sites invites kids to embark on their own expedition of discovery.
In her historical activity book, Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities, Janis Herbert chronicles the famous explorer's travels along the "Silk Road" to the palace of the Kublai Khan. Projects feature the various cultures that he experienced. For example, kids can make a mandala (a Tibetan circular sand painting that symbolizes the circle of life) and play "Eagle and Chicks," a Chinese game. Archival artwork and prints add to the handsome volume.