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Summary: This book about geography, maps and map making investigates the subject matter through a very informative text plus 21 hands on activities that will fully engage young learners. They’ll learn about ancient maps, the various types of maps and the history of map making as well as the latest innovations in GPS. The activities range from creating a zoning map and performing a plot survey to finding the elevation of a hill. This is nonfiction reading that kids can use in the real world. It is fun to read and good for research, too.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Age of Child: A group of fifth grade students, ages 10 and 11.
Young Reader Reaction: A friend of mine used this book for awhile with his fifth grade class. Most of the students, especially the boys, found this interesting and the activities the teacher tried worked out well.
Adult Reader Reaction: Frankly, I loved this book and learned a lot about cartography. The author makes the topic very accessible and the maps and illustrations are wonderful.
Pros: Lots of illustration help visual learners connect with the concepts. It is perfect for the classroom or home schooling.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that is not just for learning but offers fun, too.
Educational Themes: This book is "built" for interactive learning. It is an opportunity to look at history of map making as well as navigating tools.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - maps, cartography, history, concept book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2011
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at barnesandnoble.com. No reader feedback found.