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[Monday Reading] One Man’s Incredible Journey Retold in James Rumford’s “Traveling Man”


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.


Traveling Man

Written and illustrated by James Rumford
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books (2001)
ISBN-10: 0618432337
ISBN-13: 978-0618432332

Two weeks ago, Myra featured Ibn Battuta’s Amazing Travels Around the World. Today, I’m sharing another picturebook that talks about Ibn Battuta’s incredible journey from Morocco to China, from Russia to Tanzania. He traveled from 1325 to 1354, totaling 75,000 miles in distance!


At the age of 21, Ibn Battuta decided to go to Mecca to become a pilgrim. The book begins with a little background about Ibn Battuta. The pages that followed thereafter was written in Ibn Battuta’s point of view. From feeling lonely to being captured by rebels, from sailing the sea to crossing the steppes of Asia, Ibn Battuta chronicled his adventures away from home.

I especially liked reading about Ibn Battuta’s thoughts on traveling. I’ve shared a few below:

  • Traveling—it makes you lonely, then gives you a friend.
  • Traveling—it offers you a hundred roads to adventures, and gives your heart wings!
  • Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller!
  • Traveling—it gives you a home in a thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.


In Traveling Man, James Rumford beautifully combines text and images in every page. Ibn Battuta’s incredible journey has given James Rumford a chance to incorporate his admiration for Islamic map-making and love for Arabic calligraphy. The book is meant for younger readers and aspiring travelers.

Reading Adventures

As of yesterday, I finished reading Men Without Women, stories by Haruki Murakami.


I’m currently reading the following titles:

3 comments on “[Monday Reading] One Man’s Incredible Journey Retold in James Rumford’s “Traveling Man”

  1. Travelling Man looks like an interesting read. I especially love these thoughts on travelling.
    One Half From the East has been added to my list of books to read. What a fascinating concept.


  2. It’s so fascinating to read different books on the same subject and see how they’re approached.


  3. Traveling Man seems like a great summer book to read while preparing for children’s travels. In hopes they would be inspired to share their journey in a journal or book.


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