The Silk Route by John S. Major
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.
 

About John S. Major

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John Major has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntington since 1979. He served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer before succeeding Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister in November 1990. He was to hold both positions until May 1997, winning a remarkable victory in the 1992 general election.John Major and his wife, Norma, live in London and Huntington. They have two children, Elizabeth and James. Miriam Chaikin, a former children's book editor, is the author of over thirty books for young readers. Her most recent book, "Don't Step on the Sky, is a collection of haiku illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. Ms. Chaikin lives in New York City. Stephen Fieser is the illustrator of five previous books, including "The Sabbath Lion: A Jewish Folktale from Algeria, retold by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush. He and his wife live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 32 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The book covers several topics in an entertaining stylethe silk trade, religions and languages, the roles of different animals in Asian culturesall while carefully describing the geography of Asia and providing succinct snapshots of the different cultures pierced by the silk route.

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project (which he started ""to share and explore the rich cultural traditions of the peoples of the Silk Road,"" according to the foreword) marks the inspiration for a book for young readers, Caravan to America: Living Arts of the Silk Road by John Major and Betty...

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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).

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