The News Hounds in the Great Balloon Race

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These three news hounds travel all over the United States to cover unusual and exciting events. This time they are headed for the Great Piney Woods Balloon festival in eastern Texas, where they will tape a thrilling race called the Ring Grab. Little does Isaac know that Molly has arranged for them to cover it from the air, in their own balloon....

Follow this daring trio as they experience many regions and climates, reading maps to keep them on...

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Overview

These three news hounds travel all over the United States to cover unusual and exciting events. This time they are headed for the Great Piney Woods Balloon festival in eastern Texas, where they will tape a thrilling race called the Ring Grab. Little does Isaac know that Molly has arranged for them to cover it from the air, in their own balloon....

Follow this daring trio as they experience many regions and climates, reading maps to keep them on the right trail. This fun-filled geography adventure will make your spirits soar!

Three dogs travel to Texas to cover a hot air balloon race for the television station where they work. Includes maps, information about the geography of Texas, and related activities.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Verbal cues and visual clues just don't add up in this frustrating geography lesson by Axelrod (the Pigs Will Be Pigs math series) and Bowers (Sometimes I Wonder if Poodles Like Noodles), the first in a planned paper-over-board series. The News Hounds are three enthusiastic TV-newscasters who cover a hot-air-balloon race in East Texas. As Bowers winningly pictures them, news anchor Isaac is an English sheepdog, meteorologist Molly is a grinning golden retriever and camera-guy Jake is a bespectacled black lab. On their trip, they read a Texas state map, examine a chart to select their multicolored balloon and get aerial footage of tree-dotted fields. Axelrod's foreword instructs readers to skim the story "just for fun," then to examine its geographical puzzles; a concluding "Geography Challenge" asks questions about the team's whereabouts throughout their assignment. However, the story and images give only oblique hints. Although the logo for the Hounds' TV show indicates that they're based in New York's Hudson Valley, no map indicates a cross-country journey. The book pictures Texas alone and asks readers to find a U.S. map. This seems more like homework than adventure. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689824098
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: News Hounds Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Hello Adventurers!<<P> News Hounds in the Great Balloon Race is the first title in the News Hounds geography series. Isaac, Molly, and Jake (the WDG-TV news team) travel all over the United States to report on unusual and exciting events. But they would never be able to do their jobs if they couldn't read maps. Without maps we wouldn't know how to find the right highways, which direction to travel in, how to get around new cities by car, bus, or subway, or even how to dress for the weather each day. That's why I decided to write the News Hounds geography series, so we could learn how to use the right map for the right things. So follow these easy steps:

1) Read The News Hounds in the Great Balloon Race just for fun!

2) Go back and read the story again.
Look at the weather map and compare it to a weather map that you might see in a newspaper or on TV.
Look at the road map that Jake shows to Isaac. Can you figure out their route and how far they'll travel? (Hint: Examine the scale.)
Look at the grid map of the balloon lot. Can you draw a grid map to show where things are in your bedroom?

3) Take the geography challenge at the end of the book. You can do this by yourself, with your parents, or with your teachers.
Keep a compass handy and remember Isaac, Molly, and Jake's motto:

North, South, East, West,
WDG reports it best!

See you on the trail!

P.S. For Parents and Teachers Only
The News Hounds geography series has been designed around the Five Fundamental Themes in Geographic Education*: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions. Use the books as picture book read-alouds initially, and then as vehicles to introduce, reinforce, and review the map skills particular to each title.

* Set by the National council of Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers

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