Always cast in a supporting role in the many books about Marco Polo, the great Kubla Khan now takes center stage in a splendid picture-book biography. He is a wonderful subject-a man who liked to live large, building the imperial city of Beijing from scratch, siring a hundred children, throwing birthday bashes for 40,000 guests. He ruled over the greatest empire of the time, one that was lightyears ahead of Western civilization in terms of the arts, sciences, and technology. With astonishingly beautiful and detailed illustrations by Robert Byrd and a clever text by Kathleen Krull, this portrait finally gives Kubla Khan his due.
What a conversation starter for a classroom or the dinner table: Can you imagine life without TV? I can’t even imagine it, and I’m old. Not that old, but I’ll admit to this much: I doubt very much that the Krulls… More about Kathleen Krull
Hardcover | $17.99
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers Sep 16, 2010| 48 Pages| 9 x 10-3/4| Middle Grade (8-12)| ISBN 9780670011148