Follow That Map!: A First Look at Mapping Skills

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Maps are about far more than getting from a to b. Maps can help children understand and explore both their everyday environment and faraway places. With an appealing search-and-find technique, Follow That Map! is an interactive picture book that explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts. Kids will enjoy following Sally and her friends as they search for Max and Ollie, a mischievous dog and cat on the lam from the backyard. Sally and friends take an imaginative trip through the neighborhood, city and country,...
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Overview

Maps are about far more than getting from a to b. Maps can help children understand and explore both their everyday environment and faraway places. With an appealing search-and-find technique, Follow That Map! is an interactive picture book that explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts. Kids will enjoy following Sally and her friends as they search for Max and Ollie, a mischievous dog and cat on the lam from the backyard. Sally and friends take an imaginative trip through the neighborhood, city and country, around the world and beyond. Kids can join in the search for Max and Ollie, who are hiding somewhere in every map. An activity at the end of the book shows children how to make a map of their bedroom.
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Editorial Reviews

The Globe and Mail
... funny (the cartoon characters look after that) and useful book about maps and mapping for beginners.
Quill & Quire
The bright, easy-to-follow illustrations do an excellent job of highlighting all the major concepts ...
Books for Growing Minds
With an appealing search-and-find technique, an interactive picture book explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts.
From the Publisher
... funny (the cartoon characters look after that) and useful book about maps and mapping for beginners.

The bright, easy-to-follow illustrations do an excellent job of highlighting all the major concepts ...

With an appealing search-and-find technique, an interactive picture book explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts.

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
After a general introduction about the features of a map, readers join Sally and her friends to search for her dog, Max, and cat, Ollie. Using different types of maps, the pursuit begins in the neighborhood, moves on to the park, then proceeds to other locations. Colorful illustrations feature the various types of maps including weather and topographic. The bold print provides descriptions of different map features such as legends, scale, and landmarks. The last section presents directions on how to make a map of a room using nonstandard unit of measurement. Children may need some guidance and support with the features of this informational text, which uses the search of Max and Ollie as a plot, questions regarding the maps, descriptions in bold print, speech bubbles, and description labels. This book provides a very basic and introductory look at maps using colorful illustrations and story characters to move from map to map. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this clever introduction, Sally and her four friends are looking for her missing cat and dog. The simple text is accompanied by a colorful map that uses symbols to identify places such as the library. Next, the youngsters explore the park, and the map shows how to follow a route. They continue their search in the city, the countryside, and eventually across the world and the solar system. On the way, a different type of map—for example, weather, topographical, and treasure—is featured on each spread and explained. The idea works well for the first few pages but falls apart as the children go further and further afield. However, the information is solid, and readers will enjoy looking for the animals, who are hiding somewhere in each map. Back matter includes instructions for creating a map of a bedroom.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
Kirkus Reviews
Kids like maps. They like to look at them and they really like to create maps of their own. In this introduction to reading and using maps, Sally has lost her dog and cat, and Ritchie uses maps to trace Sally and her friends' trail as they search for Max and Ollie. Starting in the neighborhood and moving out, these good-natured buddies travel far and wide. Each page shows a different type of map (road, weather, topographical, even a treasure map, among others) with both narration and map facts in white space to the left of each map. While most maps have a compass rose and scale box, not all do, and that limits the book's usefulness as a teaching device. Though the kids are looking for their pets, who presumably can't get all that far, the logic of the story falls apart when the author places them on a weather map, a globe or even in outer space. Children will enjoy finding the hidden animals on each page, even when the characters miss them. A fun, if muddled, introduction to maps. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554532742
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 133,829
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.

Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.

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