Written by: Fatima Sharafeddine
Illustrated by: Intelaq Mohamed Ali
Published by: Groundwood Books
Published on: May 13, 2014
Originally posted at http://www.perogiesandgyoza.com
This picture book biography introduces a 14th century traveler and a very different view of the world.
Can you imagine going somewhere without a map? Never mind something that tells you exactly where to turn on your mobile device. Ibn Battuta didn’t have a travel website to go on when he departed, he had to rely on his wits and what other travellers told him.
This Moroccan adventurer started off from Tangier and made new friends in countries like Iraq, Egypt, and India. He even made it all the way to China. He was a resourceful man who used many different modes of transportation, from camel riding to ships on the ocean.
The reason why Ibn Battuta’s name is still known so many centuries later is that he wrote down his impressions on seeing all these places and meeting so many people. Writing things down and sharing them with people not only entertained and enlightened his readers but also guaranteed his place in history.
This is a great book to be tied into a journal-writing activity for early elementary students, or to tie into geography lessons.
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