The Silk Road
Explore the World’s Most Famous Trade Route

From Roman times until the Age of Exploration, the Silk Road carried goods and ideas across Central Asia between two major centers of civilization, the Mediterranean Sea and China. In The Silk Road: Explore the World’s Most Famous Trade Route, readers ages 9–12 will learn about the history, geography, culture, and people of the Silk Road region. Adventurers braved vast deserts, towering mountain peaks, warring tribes, and marauding bandits. Silk garments, wool rugs, and fine glass were the prizes for those who survived the trip. Young readers will see how ideas in math, science, religion, and art were spread by travelers along with the treasures they found.


ISBN 13: 9781934670620
Price: $15.95 US
GRL: U
Grade Level: 4-6
Ages: 9-12
Subject: Social Studies
Trim Size: 8 x 10
Color: Black & White
Page Count: 128
Author: Kathy Ceceri
Illustrator: Kathy Ceceri
Also Available:
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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.”

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword.

Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the
Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by
joining the ends after it’s tied.
 

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