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Seven Voyages: How China's Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea



by
Laurence Bergreen ,Sara Fray

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781626721227
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From New York Times bestselling author Laurence Bergreen and author Sara Fray comes this immaculately researched history for young readers detailing the life of Zheng He, his complex and enduring friendship with his emperor, and the epic Seven Voyages he led that would establish China as a global power.

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Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

B

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Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Chinese history is often glossed over in world history curriculums, so this work is one that will interest real history buffs. Geared to sophisticated middle and high school readers, Bergreen and Fray’s work opens with a vivid and exciting narration, grabbing readers as if embarking on an adventure novel, instead of a history book. The text quickly sinks into a litany of facts as the authors describe Zhu Di’s climb to power as the Yongle Emperor during the Ming dynasty. The narration ebbs and flows, tedious at times, exciting at others as it delves into the various voyages of Zheng He and how his expansion of trade brought much power to the Chinese empire. The title is sparsely illustrated; the lack makes this a text-heavy title, which may disappoint young readers drawn to photos and illustrations. VERDICT This isn’t a title for reluctant readers, but libraries looking to expand their coverage of Chinese history would do well to add this book to their collection.–Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn

Horn Book

This fascinating (if slightly repetitive) history recounts Admiral Zheng He’s massive treasure fleet’s travels through the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf, almost one hundred years before the voyages of the European explorers that fill history textbooks. Beginning when the ten-year-old Zheng He, born a Muslim, is kidnapped from his village (and castrated) to serve in the Emperor’s court, Bergreen and Fray provide a detailed examination of his life as well as a brief sketch of the early-fifteenth-century China. The well-researched narrative guides readers chronologically through construction of the massive fleet of hundreds of vehicles, including scores of 450-foot-long treasure ships, and crews numbering in the tens of thousands spread out among them. Readers then follow each of Zheng He’s seven voyages, which led to China controlling trade and sea travel throughout much of the world, before the dramatic downfall of the Yongle Emperor and with it the end of China’s place in international trade. Maps, artwork reproductions, and occasional sidebars appear throughout; a bibliography is appended, as well as source notes pointing to many six-hundred-year-old contemporaneous records. ERIC CARPENTER

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Chinese history is often glossed over in world history curriculums, so this work is one that will interest real history buffs. Geared to sophisticated middle and high school readers, Bergreen and Fray’s work opens with a vivid and exciting narration, grabbing readers as if embarking on an adventure novel, instead of a history book. The text quickly sinks into a litany of facts as the authors describe Zhu Di’s climb to power as the Yongle Emperor during the Ming dynasty. The narration ebbs and flows, tedious at times, exciting at others as it delves into the various voyages of Zheng He and how his expansion of trade brought much power to the Chinese empire. The title is sparsely illustrated; the lack makes this a text-heavy title, which may disappoint young readers drawn to photos and illustrations. VERDICT This isn’t a title for reluctant readers, but libraries looking to expand their coverage of Chinese history would do well to add this book to their collection.–Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn

Horn Book

This fascinating (if slightly repetitive) history recounts Admiral Zheng He’s massive treasure fleet’s travels through the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf, almost one hundred years before the voyages of the European explorers that fill history textbooks. Beginning when the ten-year-old Zheng He, born a Muslim, is kidnapped from his village (and castrated) to serve in the Emperor’s court, Bergreen and Fray provide a detailed examination of his life as well as a brief sketch of the early-fifteenth-century China. The well-researched narrative guides readers chronologically through construction of the massive fleet of hundreds of vehicles, including scores of 450-foot-long treasure ships, and crews numbering in the tens of thousands spread out among them. Readers then follow each of Zheng He’s seven voyages, which led to China controlling trade and sea travel throughout much of the world, before the dramatic downfall of the Yongle Emperor and with it the end of China’s place in international trade. Maps, artwork reproductions, and occasional sidebars appear throughout; a bibliography is appended, as well as source notes pointing to many six-hundred-year-old contemporaneous records. ERIC CARPENTER

Grades 6-8
Series Nonfiction
History Grades 6-8
For Grades 6-8

Middle-school readers interested in historical people, places, and events will enjoy these 12 thoughtful, factual books, which explore significant topics.

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