FOLLOW THAT MAP! by Scot Ritchie


A First Book of Mapping Skills
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Age Range: 5 - 7
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Kids like maps. They like to look at them and they really like to create maps of their own. In this introduction to reading and using maps, Sally has lost her dog and cat, and Ritchie uses maps to trace Sally and her friends’ trail as they search for Max and Ollie. Starting in the neighborhood and moving out, these good-natured buddies travel far and wide. Each page shows a different type of map (road, weather, topographical, even a treasure map, among others) with both narration and map facts in white space to the left of each map. While most maps have a compass rose and scale box, not all do, and that limits the book’s usefulness as a teaching device. Though the kids are looking for their pets, who presumably can’t get all that far, the logic of the story falls apart when the author places them on a weather map, a globe or even in outer space. Children will enjoy finding the hidden animals on each page, even when the characters miss them. A fun, if muddled, introduction to maps. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-274-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2009


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