Maps and Mapping (Kingfisher Young Knowledge Series)

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Maps and Mapping introduces different types of maps and helps children understand how they work. Young map makers will learn about compass points, map keys and scales, colors and contours, and will discover how reading maps can yield a wealth of information about both the natural and man-made world.

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Overview

Maps and Mapping introduces different types of maps and helps children understand how they work. Young map makers will learn about compass points, map keys and scales, colors and contours, and will discover how reading maps can yield a wealth of information about both the natural and man-made world.

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Glossy paper makes the photographs and map reproductions look terrific in this concept book for elementary-age readers....While this covers some of the same material as Harriett Barton's venerable but still useful Maps & Globes (HarperCollins, l985), it does so in a more inviting format which would appeal to younger readers.

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Glossy paper makes the photographs and map reproductions look terrific in this concept book for elementary-age readers. Each double page spread explains a concept stated in a heading: "Why we need maps;" "Mapping a street;" "Understanding scale;" and "Drawing a map," for instance. A paragraph of main text is augmented by two to four other short paragraphs with boldface headings so that readers are clued in to what to expect. The maps reproduced include some old ones, several kinds of projections, a map of the ocean floor, several hand-drawn maps (my room, an imaginary city, treasure) with enough detail to satisfy the reader that this is a map but not supportable of close-up study. Use of grids, latitude and longitude, symbols and keys are well explained and a short section shows readers that maps may be used in different ways, say, as a conveyor of the concept of electrical use worldwide or as backdrop for changing weather patterns. Three activities suggest making your own compass with a needle, magnet and cork; exploring relief maps (topographical maps aren't explained); or making your own treasure map. While this covers some of the same material as Harriett Barton's venerable but still useful Maps & Globes (HarperCollins, l985), it does so in a more inviting format which would appeal to younger readers. But Barton's has a greater depth of information. Table of contents and index included, with a glossary at the bottom of each page, where needed, rather than in back of the book. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 7 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457597
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Series: Kingfisher Young Knowledge Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.23 (w) x 10.15 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Chancellor trained as an elementary school teacher before becoming an editor of children's books. She has written more than thirty books for children, including Maps and Mapping and Planet Earth in the Kingfisher Young Knowledge series.

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Table of Contents

What are maps? 6
Why we need maps 8
Mapping the street 10
Understanding scale 12
Town maps 14
Country maps 16
Mapping the world 18
Where on Earth? 20
Making maps 22
Drawing maps 24
Old maps 26
Making maps today 28
Using symbols 30
Which way? 32
Map projections 34
Different types of maps 36
Mapping underwater 38
Mapping the stars 40
Project: Find the way 42
Project: Looking at hills 44
Project: Hunt for treasure 46
Index 48
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