Reading Maps

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Though coverage of this topic is needed by elementary students, the treatments here are disappointing. Classifying discusses 10 types of maps in 32 pages. History covers the development of maps, and exploration. Reading explains each part of a map and includes instructions for finding the U.S. Capitol on a map of Washington, DC, using the building's coordinates. One of the best features in the latter title is "Wonders of the World"-pictures of some of these famous locations, along with their coordinates. The books are difficult to read. They should entice children to pore over the pages, spending time with the maps. Instead, readers are rushed from one new piece of information to another with little or no summarization, and no completion of concepts. The cartographic reproductions are too small to be of much use, though the accompanying photographs are beautiful. These books may have some use as ready reference tools for information on terms, parts, or types of maps but they are not enjoyable reading.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599289533
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: On the Map Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Reading a Map     4
A Telling Title     6
From the Source     8
Cracking the Code     10
Which Way Is Up?     12
How Close or Far?     14
Where Are You Now?     18
Latitude and Longitude     20
Picturing the Planet     26
Glossary     30
Web Sites     31
Index     32
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