Mapping a Changing World

Mapping a Changing World

by Yvette La Pierre
     
 

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This engaging book, using over forty magnificent color reproductions of antique and new maps, shows how maps have evolved over the centuries, beginning with a Babylonian etching on a clay tablet and ending with a radar image taken from the space shuttle Endeavor.

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This engaging book, using over forty magnificent color reproductions of antique and new maps, shows how maps have evolved over the centuries, beginning with a Babylonian etching on a clay tablet and ending with a radar image taken from the space shuttle Endeavor.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
This fascinating and well-executed book guides readers through a history of mapmaking, the wonderful variety of maps, and the ways maps reveal the times of the people who make them. Sixteen chapters cover such areas as ancient maps through the Middle Ages, maps of silk and paper from Asia, and unconventional maps such as one from an Inuit of 1925-6 made of sealskin and driftwood showing the islands off the coast of Greenland. A palm leaf and shell map used by Marshall Islanders shows water currents and landfalls in the Pacific Ocean. A section on political maps invites readers to consider the changes in the organization of the basic geography of the land into nations and states. Others address the mapping of the United States, the Golden Age of mapmaking (around 1570 when the first atlas was made), and a last section considers making maps using modern technology such as infrared light and satellite photographs. Throughout, La Pierre pauses on famous mapmakers, scientists, and explorers who contributed solutions to the many problems of mapmaking, not the least of which is how to make a curved surface understandable on a flat piece of paper. A short, clearly written and illustrated section explains these attempts, from Mercator projections of 1569 to more modern ones such as the Interrupted Goode Homolosine projection which looks like a grossly pared four-part orange rind. Excellent picture captions tell us how to look at the stunning depictions of maps and what details to notice. The pictures themselves are full of variety and well chosen. Unfortunately, the book lacks an index, which makes it difficult for report writers to use, but the very readable text can be read in one sitting. This beautiful book invites us to marvel at how maps have increased our understanding of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965030847
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Yvette La Pierre is the author of the highly acclaimed Native American Rock Art: Messages from the Past. A former editor of National Parks magazine, she lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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