Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354

by James Rumford

Ibn Battuta’s travels began in 1325 when, at age 21, he left his home in Morocco... read more

Ibn Battuta’s travels began in 1325 when, at age 21, he left his home in Morocco to make the journey to Mecca. Over the next three decades of his life, this Muslim scholar traveled by foot, ship, horse, and camel through Africa, the Middle East, and Asia at a time when the earth was thought to be flat and Jerusalem was considered the center of the world. James Rumford’s longtime interest in Islamic mapmaking and Arabic calligraphy led him to retell and illustrate the fascinating story of the 14th-century sojourner who recorded his own story in Arabic in 1355. Dazzling watercolor paintings and a conversational first-person narrative bring him to life for 21st-century children. Honor Book, CCBC Sibert Award Discussion (Ages 8–11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002

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