I won an ARC [Advance Reader’s Copy] of this book from the publisher through a giveaway they had on LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.
One of my favorite subjects in high school had been history and this book is a wonderful introduction to what became own as the “Silk Road,” a path which took travelers, mainly merchants and the like from the Far East to Constantinople [now known as Instanbul], a major economic center of commerce. The road was full of dangers, not only because of its long trek through an unforgiving terrain with many barriers along the way but the numerous band of bandits out to rob travelers of their valuable merchandise they’ve traded or are seeking to trade for “rare” spices, etc.
The story in this book follows Wong Chong when he gets a chance to travel with his father and the caravan they’re traveling with for protection for almost a year each way. Through its words and illustrations this book paints a quite accurate vivid depiction of what such an arduous journey might have been like for its young readers.
For having given its young readers a fun, educational reading experience I’ve given this book 5 STARS.