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Illustrated in full color. In this playful introduction to maps and geography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street—all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader is familiar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their own country, state, and town—all the way back to their room—on each colorful map. Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a ...

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Illustrated in full color. In this playful introduction to maps and geography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street—all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader is familiar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their own country, state, and town—all the way back to their room—on each colorful map. Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a lot to search for and will have them eager to help navigate on the next family vacation.  

A child describes how her room, her house, her town, her state, and her country become part of a map of her world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl explains maps, beginning with her bedroom and expanding to a map of the world. "Sweeney encourages the cartographer in every child," said PW. Ages 4-8. July
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Simplifying the abstract nature of maps, Sweeney encourages the cartographer in every child. Step by step, moving from a personal to a global scale, a girl explains what maps are by giving clear, easily grasped examples. First, standing in a cheerful bedroom, she tells readers, "This is me in my room." On the facing page, she has drawn herself in a childlike overview layout of her bedroom. "This is me on the map of my room," she says, proudly. Next, a framed painting of her house is faced by a blueprint "map" of her house. The pattern continues throughout the book, with scenic views (a picture of her town, an impression of her state, a Steinberg-esque vision of the U.S.) followed by maps of each area. Debut artist Cable's clear, crisp renderings show a wealth of detail on the scenic illustrations, while her creative progression of maps includes handmade examples, a souvenir state map, an elementary classroom map of the country and, finally, a "flat" map of the world. An admirable effort, and one that kids will enjoy replicating. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2A nameless child introduces the world of cartography. Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more complex, as her horizons expand from home to street, to town, to state, to country, and finally to the world. Colorful illustrations show a composite of the entire area that is being charted on the facing page. On each successive page, the child points out her street, hometown, state, and country. The process then reverses as she finds the U.S. on a world map and works back down the scale to her own room again. The text concludes with the statement that "...everybody has their own special place on the map." Not an essential purchase, but one that could be useful for teaching basic skills at the primary level.Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517885574
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Me Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 996
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I used this book to introduce maps skills in my first grade room. The kids loved it!

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Used for years as a teacher- purchased for my own child!

    This book is great and helps build mapping skills. I bought to go with a globe as a Christmas gift.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A Great Introduction to Maps

    "Me on the Map" introduces the idea that maps are a visual representation of a place. I used this book in my first-grade classroom to start a lesson on maps. The story is written in kid-friendly language, and the pictures help kids to understand the story. The main character starts by explaining a map of her room, then moves on to her neighborhood and eventually shows a map of the word. After reading this story as a class, my students were able to create their own maps of their rooms. I would recommend this book to any teacher or caregiver who wants a fun and educational read.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Great book

    This book was an excellent tool to use for an introduction to geography lesson for my kindergarten class!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Good teaching book.

    My grandchildren loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    Great for Teachers!

    Me on the Map is a great book to use with your students learning about maps. It gives them a sense of scale and how they personally fit into the mapping process. A wonderful extension activity could be having students draw a bedroom map of their own on Kid Pix Deluxe!

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