A fascinating and accessible historical picture book about commerce, trade, and cultural exchange, perfect for classroom use and research.
Silk has long been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. But thousands of years ago, the production of silk cloth was one of China's most prized secrets. So how did silk become one of the most sought-after materials in the world?
With lavish illustrations and a highly informative text, The Silk Route traces the early history of the silk trade—from the mulberry groves of China to the marketplace in Byzantium—and explores how two of the world's greatest empires were brought together, forever opening the channels of commerce between East and West.
A treasure through the years, this book is perfect for the classroom and independent book reports.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have to admit this was one of my favorites as a child, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local library, I just knew I had to snatch it up for my Media Log. When the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan in 2001, my first thought was of the Dunhuang illustration in this book, which shows their construction in 600 AD. Reading through it as an adult, I am reminded of nights on the floor in my room, listening to my mother read aloud and point to the pictures. I especially enjoyed the translations of the word "silk" in the language of every country the silk traders traveled across. The Silk Route is arranged geographically, with each new page bearing the name of the next city on the road. The dedication page carries a map of the entire route, showing all the stops along the way.