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School Library Journal
Resembling the cookie-cutter series of yore, these volumes use boilerplate extensively-from four variations on a scene featuring a child and a weather map to, in all but Resources, an identical and confusing spread on "scale" with statements like "This map uses a scale of 25 feet." In each book, the author explains the uses of maps; provides examples; converts a photo of a three-dimensional space, such as a classroom or a candy store, into a two-dimensional diagram; and closes with instructions for creating a homemade schematic of, for instance, a playground (Where We Live ). There are no leads to further ways to enhance map-related skills. Ian F. Mahaney's "Map It!" series (PowerKids, 2006) will better serve curriculum needs.