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Learning all 50 U.S. states is easy when you learn from The Little Man In the Map!Asked by their teacher to find clues for memorizing the states, students begin to see images-a hat, a shirt, a pair of boots-formed by state boundaries. When they put some of them together, they're amazed to find the outline of a man standing in the middle of the map. Excited by their discovery, they draw a face and arms on him and create The Little Man In the Map, whom they nickname MIM. Their imaginations bring MIM alive, and with...
Learning all 50 U.S. states is easy when you learn from The Little Man In the Map!Asked by their teacher to find clues for memorizing the states, students begin to see images-a hat, a shirt, a pair of boots-formed by state boundaries. When they put some of them together, they're amazed to find the outline of a man standing in the middle of the map. Excited by their discovery, they draw a face and arms on him and create The Little Man In the Map, whom they nickname MIM. Their imaginations bring MIM alive, and with his help they discover the surprising roles all the states can play. Soon they can spot the elf, the playful dog, the spooky head, and all the others. This imaginatively illustrated story, narrated in rhyme by The Little Man In the Map, shows each state's part in its region and how it interacts with those around it. This makes learning their locations visual, easy, and fun.
Posted July 11, 2009
What a way for any child to learn the location of the 50 states. Martonyi has made it fun in his book The Little Man in the Map. Your child won't even realize he's learning geography while reading this book. They'll find "MIM" the little Man In the Map is fun to learn geography with. Find MIM, a chair for him to sit in and a table spread with a feast all in fun while learning the location and shape of each state. I give this book two thumbs up and a wonderful gift to find under the Christmas tree.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2009
The delightful book, "The Little Man in the Map" by E. Andrew Martonyi is hands-down, the coolest, most entertaining tool to help children learn the names and location of all 50 States, ever.
True, it's not a "packaged curriculum" which many of us homeschooling Moms gravitate toward. But I found this book to be far more effective than my twelve years of geography classes combined.
Immediately after reading the book, my youngest daughter simply HAD to call her best friend, Julianah to tell her all about MIM (...)
The Little Man in the Map takes readers on a fun journey across the United States with a little help from "MIM" (Man Inside the Map-get it?), the story's official tour guide. MIM comes to life when the children discover that the shapes of specific States (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana) form the little man's body and clothing.
Speaking in whimsical rhyme (reminiscent of Dr. Seuss but not as goofy), MIM teaches "his" readers to see pictures within the boundary lines of each State. The lush illustrations provided by Ed Olson serve as a powerful visual aid, making this book a superior alternative to a boring Geography textbook. (Something I was repeatedly stuck with during my entire academic career.)
The Little Man in the Map is a winner of The Independent Publishers and Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, as well as a Finalist in the Indie Book Awards Next Generation and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award contests. (So if you don't accept my word that this book is totally nifty, you can take theirs. Ha!)
I would highly recommend this book to other homeschooling families, classroom teachers or anyone who has children in their lives.
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Posted February 19, 2009
The Little Man in the Map is a U.S. Geography book published by Schoolside Press. Even though we live in Canada, our homeschool believes in having knowledge of our closest neighbours, the U.S. If you have a visual child, this is a great way to learn the States. It focuses on the shape of each State and relates it to something, such as the boots, legs, chest, face, and hat of "The Little Man in the Map". Those 5 States that make him up are a great spring-point to remembering the rest of the States. The rhymes that make up the "clues" to remember the rest of the States may be a bit difficult to remember in their entirety. My almost-5-year-old daughter very much enjoyed seeing the man spring out of the map, and the colourful pictures. My 9 year old son was able to use the memory trick of identifying the shapes to remember States. Free printable colouring pages from the book are available at the Schoolside Press website www.schoolsidepress.com. Also available for purchase is a wall map. In the works is a booklet of activities to accompany the book, with ideas such as baking a clay map, and crosswords. <BR/><BR/>www.homeschoolblogger.com/NovascotiaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2009
This is definitely a winner! Anyone with youngsters at the age where it is time to learn the 50 states would welcome a copy. It is cleverly written and the illustrations are fun and convincing. The method of introducing the states in sections, with each state having it's own unique illustration and easy-to-remember verse, is a great idea. The book features Mr. Mim, an embodiment of fun and imagination, that takes the reader on a trip through the states. <BR/><BR/>The Little Man In the Map, captures and presents a new method that uses mnemonics and rhyming lessons to teach U.S. geography. Mr. Mim's positive energy makes what could be a daunting task, a fun-filled experience--and I am guessing the parents will learn along with their children. It is a great learning method that could easily be used for other subjects. The flavor of each state comes alive, enticing the child to want to learn more and visit each state. Children love to show off when they learn and remember something--and this is a book that will encourage that positive experience. <BR/>I highly recommend this book, congratulations to both the author and the illustrator for something really new and exciting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2009
If I had to name and place all 50 states I could do an ok job at it...those midwest and northwestern states sometimes throw me for a loop, and I am determined that my kids will do better where I am lacking.<BR/><BR/>We've been using The Little Man in the Map with our girls to help us along with this project...and I'm hoping that I will pick up a few tips along the way.<BR/><BR/>The Little Man in the Map uses rhymed verses to help teach the kids the various states. There are handy little "memory clues" throughout the book to help recall how the various states are located. The map is broken up into five sections: Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwestern, South Central, and Western States, starting with the Midwestern and the Little Man. Grouping the states into sections really helps the kids - essentially putting the information into bite-sized pieces their little brains can process.<BR/><BR/>And he has a fun little rhyme to go along with him:<BR/><BR/><BR/> "A little man is standing there with boots, pants, shirt, and face. See how the hat upon his head is perfectly in place?"<BR/><BR/><BR/>The memory clues are already helping me remember how the states are positioned (because there are some places that get a little fuzzy, especially if you didn't grow up in those parts!). UCAN is the acronym clue for where the four states touch: Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.<BR/><BR/>Right now, we're reading the book every few days and just reviewing the rhymes and the kids are definitely picking up how the states relate to each other and are having fun learning them in the process. They enjoy the pictures and the rhymes in the book (and letting me know when they hear a rhyme).<BR/><BR/>From the word of MIM (the man in the map)<BR/><BR/> "Imagination is the magic key...To help unlock the clues you need ...To learn geography."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2009
I was delighted to receive this book to review. I didn't know what to expect, but when it arrived I was very pleased with its quality. It is a large hardcover children's book, with engaging colorful illustrations. The illustrations draw you in immediately. Once you pick it up and start reading, the rhyming lyrics and unique description of each of the 50 states keeps your interest. My kids enjoyed learning that Kansas is MIM's backpack.<BR/><BR/>My 13 year old daughter keeps picking it up to read it again. My 7, 9, and 11 year olds were studying our United States wall map and pointing out the states that make up MIM (Man In the Map). My 4 year old pointed to Oklahoma and said "this state scoots over so MIM can sit on this state," as he then pointed to Texas. All that was after the first reading! We'll never see the map of the United States the same way again.<BR/><BR/>This book will help your children learn the names and locations of the 50 states, and they will enjoy the learning process.<BR/><BR/>The Little Man In The Map by E. Andrew Martonyi is delightfully well-written and illustrated. It's a beautiful book that every home library, school library, and public library would benefit from having in its collection. The Little Man In The Map would also make a wonderful gift for the elementary-aged children in your life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2009
When I received The Little Man in the Map to review I spend several minutes just gazing at the cover, as this large, award winning hardcover book is so robust and inviting! It has on its cover a colorful map of the United States and a little mini man sprinkling a bit of magic dust over the states. It has 4 award symbols decorating it as well, which include the Independent publisher book award, and Next Generation Indie award finalist. The book's purpose is to teach kids the name and position of all the states. Seems like a big task, but not really when you see the way the "little man" gives clues to the identification of the states.<BR/><BR/>I brought the book with me on a recent road trip, and I was amazed at how quickly I had memorized the mid-western states (in less than 15 minutes). I tried it out on my 13 year old and he had the same states as me down in 10 minutes! The author approaches the US map like a puzzle, and the key to learning the states is looking at them from a different angle ¿ using clues inside the map. Instead of just a shape the map comes alive. The man in the map is made up of 5 states ¿ Minnesota is his hat, Iowa's is his face, Missouri is his shirt, Arkansas is the pants and Louisiana forms his boots. If you look at a map it's cool how the little man really does pop out. The book combines the images with verse, such as,<BR/><BR/> My hat's so tall, it takes two states to prop it from behind. So North Dakota stand on South to keep the back aligned. Nebraska whispers in my ear, and Kansas is a pack of schoolbooks I can carry when I strap it on my back. My eyes look on Wisconsin's cheese (it makes the very best), While Illinois leans on my shirt and honks my nose in jest.<BR/><BR/>Kids love games and puzzles, and what a smart thing to use this approach to actually get the geography of the United States under their belt. Isn't it better to use an easy, fun method to teach any subject, especially geography, which can be challenging? The illustrations by Ed Olson are really bold and engaging, and complement the verses nicely. I think this book is a winner, and your kids will have a great time learning with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
Geography is an important subject, but I have not given it the focus it deserves. I usually do the basics (7 continents, our state in general, oceans, etc.) until the children begin 3rd or 4th grade. In the past, I discussed the states/capitals but without much flair. But for my youngest-look out! I have been introduced to some great reading books, and lapbooking kits that are sure to make the study of anything geography related-a lot more fun. <BR/><BR/>I had never heard of The Little Man in the Map . I wasn't even sure what a little man would be doing in a map! Then the package arrived, and all my questions were laid to rest. The Little Man in the Map is the clever brainchild of the author, E. Andrew Martonyi. He took what most of us have looked at all our lives, gave it a man-figured shape named MIM, and a book all his own. The story is so charming and witty that my son begs to have it read to him just about daily. I have heard him chattering about the "Sleeve of America", a "Flashlight", a "Turtle's head", and don't forget that "Longhorn chair with that state you scoot just a bit". I couldn't believe how quickly he was picking up the clues to finding the state's locations and helpful names that MIM gave them. Finally, a children's book that fits the Charlotte Mason method, and is full of clever rhymes to help remember the 50 states. <BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>The is a very nice hard-backed book with bright, and well-illustrated images. I was pleased to see the high quality too. This one is a keeper. To top it off, Mr. Martonyi is working on a book that uses rhymes to teach the capitals. So between the two books, some great on-line resources, geography and coloring books, my son should be well acquainted with the 50 states!<BR/><BR/>Now, just so you know: there are a few elves in there, but they are similar to what you'd see in a book on Santa..those sort of characters, nothing ridiculous. The Montana state dude was a bit scary (sorta like a mild Frankenstein) in one scene, but he livens up when Wyoming is attached to help make him laugh and sing-so kids could easily get over it. Alaska looks like a grouchy Old Man Winter, but again-nothing nightmare causing (in my humble opinion). There are two references that I saw to magic, but it is presented as relating to imagination magic. I personally did not feel it bothersome. But that is a judgement call you will need to make, so I wanted to be sure to mention it. If you follow the CM method, then you are familiar with the inclusion of fairies, elves and magical creatures (after all, CS Lewis used them in his writings); and know that they are not meant to drag a soul into the dark-side, but to encourage a whimsical and playful imagination. <BR/><BR/>I should think children ages 5-10 would most benefit from this charming book. I am sure a few older ones who struggle with state names and locations, would find this to be a refreshing way to learn them. <BR/><BR/>I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
The Little Man In The Map is a book that uses imagination and creativity to help teach geography to kids. It is written by E. Andrew Martonyi and Illustrated by Ed Olson. You can find it at: www.schoolsidepress.com <BR/><BR/>Here's what I thought:<BR/><BR/>First let me say, I HATE Geography!! I did horrible at it in school and I actually couldn't tell you where any state but MI was on a map (I learned OK too when we moved). Geography has been something I have learned for my kids, so that I can teach them what I could not learn. It was never fun for me.<BR/><BR/>For our review we used a very cheap wooded state puzzel (often found at dollar stores . . .ours was from the dollar section of Target) to give the hands-on learning. We read the book together and looked at and held each State as it was mentioned. The kids had fun matching their puzzel with the creative illustrations in the book. The Little Man In The Map is a tool to bring joy to learning the state's locations.<BR/><BR/>It is a very creative tool for teaching visual learners U.S. Geography. My daughter loved it! She has been memorizing every picture and noticing every detail in the beautiful and colorfully rich illustrations. She takes a book to bed with her every night and it has been her choice nightly since receiving it. <BR/><BR/>The website gives good information and descriptions of other man in the map products (like their 38x22 inch wall map for $21.95). You can also download FREE coloring pages for the man in the map! These are really nice features and make the cost of the book seem more resonable. <BR/><BR/>I should also tell you that they are working on a Teacher's guide as well. It includes a crossword ( a little too difficult for my little ones . . .but great for 8 and up). <BR/><BR/>The Little Man In The Map can be purchased for $19.95 at the site. Check it out.<BR/><BR/>Some may appreciate knowing that:<BR/><BR/>Their slogan is "Imagination is the magic key."<BR/><BR/>The word magic is used to discribe the feelings of imagination, not in a way to promote offense to Christians. I, personally, was not offended at all. I was just generally appreciative of the joy of learning geography that MIM brought to my home. <BR/><BR/>If you are a homeschooler who opposes fairytale characters like elves thou, it may not be for you.<BR/><BR/>Also feel free to visit the Author's Blog at: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/FrogsJumpUSA/<BR/><BR/>Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
The Little Man In the Map is a beautiful, oversized hardcover book that teaches United States geography through picture and rhyme. Author E. Andrew Martonyi and illustrator Ed Olson have done an excellent job creating a book that is both visually appealing and fun to read aloud again and again. <BR/><BR/>The story begins in a classroom of children; none too excited to have to piece together all the states in a puzzle. They soon discover that the shapes of the states in the middle of the map create a figure, and so the Man In the Middle (or MIM) is discovered. He takes them on a journey of their imaginations where each state becomes more than meets the eye. As they travel through the regions, they find a mitten, puppy, table, chair, a turtle, an elf, and even a flashlight, all cleverly disguised as states. The children are now excited to learn United States geography, all thanks to MIM and their imaginations.<BR/><BR/>I tend to be more right brain dominant and have children who are as well. We need story and visuals to cement dry facts into our heads and this book does a wonderful job connecting the facts with the imagination. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who learns best with pictures and story, although I¿m sure all would enjoy it. A short teacher¿s guide is available with added activities. My favorite is ¿Bake the States¿ which contains instructions for creating a clay map of the US. There is also a wall map available for purchase, which would be an excellent reinforcement. <BR/><BR/>I will use this book myself by combining it with the Flat Travelers project and a good US Kids Cookbook. The wall map and a US State puzzle (maybe a floor size puzzle?) would also be a great addition. It sounds like a wonderfully fun way to learn about geography! (HerathsideHomeschoolReviews.blogspot.com)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2009
Still remember what it was like studying Geography in school? B-O-R-I-N-G right? Until now as I teach the subject to my children, they can¿t help but be bored. The materials we use are unimaginative and dry. I¿m bored teaching it! I¿ve always wished that I can find a material that I can use to teach Geography that will make it fun and alive for my children.<BR/><BR/>And I believe I¿ve found one, one that teaches the US Geography, at least. The Little Man in the Map ¿ With Clues to Remember All 50 States by E. Andrew Martonyi and illustrated by Ed Olson uses imaginative pictures and creative rhymes that will make it easy to remember all 50 states. Charlotte Mason, a British educator in the 1800¿s advocated that children should read books that are written by authors who are passionate about their subject. E. Andrew Martonyi is one such author. His love of travelling, his quest to find new things and his granddaughter¿s innate curiosity about the places he¿s been to has inspired him to create The Little Man in the Map ¿ With Clues to Remember All 50 States. His book allows children to learn about the US Geography using their imagination and making it fun and easy to learn.<BR/><BR/>When I got this book, my children were so excited to read it because of the colorful illustrations. Upon reading it, we discovered the fun in the rhymes and what¿s even better is that we were able to memorize the states and their locations quickly. Although this book is geared more towards the elementary ages, older children, even adults will enjoy reading it. I¿ve always wanted to know more about the 50 states of the US, but have never found the time to do it. But with The Little Man in the Map ¿ With Clues to Remember All 50 States has made it easy for me and my children to learn about the US Geography.<BR/><BR/>Oh, and did I mention that The Little Man in the Map ¿ With Clues to Remember All 50 States is a recipient of multiple awards? Check it out:<BR/><BR/>2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards Outstanding Books of the Year for Most Original Concept<BR/>http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1231<BR/><BR/>2007 ForeWord Magazines Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the Education Category<BR/>http://www.forewordmagazine.com/botya/print2k7.aspx<BR/><BR/>2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in the Children¿s Picture Book Category<BR/>http://www.indiebookawards.com/2008_winners_and_finalists.php<BR/><BR/>2007 Moonbeam Children¿s Book Awards, Silver in the Non-Fiction Picture Book Category<BR/>http://www.moonbeamawards.com/winners/2007/winners2007.php<BR/><BR/>Associated Links:<BR/><BR/>To go the E. Andrew Martonyi¿s blog<BR/>http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/FrogsJumpUSA/Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2008
Highly recommended, especially for children's library collections., December 3, 2007 By Midwest Book Review 'Oregon, WI USA' - The Little Man in the Map: With Clues to Remember all 50 States is a cheery, rhyming picturebook designed to teach young people to remember the names of all fifty American states. The cartoony illustrations and charming rhymes frame delightful visual and verbal mnemonics, and adults who have a hard time remembering all fifty states may find The Little Man in the Map useful too! 'We'll start with Min in Minnesota / That's his giant hat. / The Iow comes from Iowa / The place his face is at. / This Mis we'll borrow from Missouri / That's his shirt so neat / The Ark we'll take from Arkansas / The pants that can't be beat. / The Lou is from Louisiana / That completes his name. / It also forms the boots he wears that finish out his frame. // Together they spell out his name: It's MinIow MisArkLou! / Remembering those states - all five - Is easy with that clue.' Highly recommended, especially for children's library collections.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2009
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