|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
|Features||full-color photos, ancient craft, ancient recipe, historical timeline, further reading, chronology, works consulted, glossary, index|
|Interest Level||Intermediate, Middle|
|Review||Click here for review|
|Series||Junior Biography from Ancient Civilizations Set 1|
|Subject||Marco, Medieval, Asia, Explorers, Polo, Travel|
Marco Polo was 17 the first time he saw his father. Soon after, he joined his father and uncle on a trip from Marco s hometown of Venice, Italy, to China. In the 1200s, that journey took several years and the three travelers faced many hazards. Once he arrived, Marco impressed the country s powerful leader Kublai Khan enough to become an ambassador and governor. He spent years crisscrossing China, then known as Cathay, in the Khan s service. He finally returned home, but a few years later he was imprisoned during a conflict between Venice and Genoa. During his imprisonment, he wrote a book that described places and sights few Europeans knew even existed and changed their view of the world forever.