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Harvey Stevenson attended Trinity College in Connecticut and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he later worked as an art director in advertising. He now lives in Paris, France with his wife and son.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; unknown edition (September 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689717628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717628
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good reading for 3-8 yrs. This book wins big points for originality. It serves as a good tool for demonstrating how places relate to each other and exposes them to the concept of maps. They are very basic maps--landmarks only--combined with good illustrations, that make it so easy for children to comprehend.
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This is a wonderful way to introduce kids to maps and mapping. The concept of showing the world through a series of eyes invites the child into maps in an innovative and meaningful way.
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This is a great book from the 'teaching the concept' point of view, but what it more it is beautiful (great art work) and sweet for little chidren, with each map introduced through teh eyes of an animal's travels.
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This is an excellent teaching tool for young children. It seems that children slightly past toddlerhood (4-5) enjoy this book more than their younger counterparts. Older children in the early grades will most likely enjoy this as well.

As flies the crow as the old saying goes - readers follow that crow; a stream; a long and winding road and other animals and landmarks along the way. At the close of each journey is a small map. Each map is joined by becoming an amalgamation of a large map that incorporates each such trip. It gives a Gesthalt image that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and to visualize an entire geographic area that is made up of these connecting landmarks.
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My son and I read this when he was around 6. He learned a lot about maps and directions.
I like maps, in general, and I liked this book for assisting me to teach him how to think about one's situation in space, how to determine directions, and how to think about the symbolic representation of large areas on a small page, and envisioning action along a path, with the codes of maps.
My kid didn't have the best sense of direction. This helped him to become more aware of the importance of finding one's way in new territory, and the importance of seeing it in his mind's eye. Now he can read a backpacking map and envision in order prepare for the terrain. This book was a first step on the educational path of teaching him how to do that.
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Used to set up a focus on perspectives related to a map unit in both PS and elem. settings.
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This is the sort of book that I wanted to be more interesting and effective than it really was, for my little boy. He is still a toddler, and maybe this would work for bigger kids, but he is advanced for his age and loves maps, so I don't think this was beyond him. In concept, it's great: it follows a stream, a road, a crow, a horse, etc. on their travels through the countryside, and at the end of each "chapter" it draws a little "map" for the journey of each. At the end of the book, there is a summation and then all of the "maps" are gathered together in one big map. This is presumably intended to teach the whole idea that maps are very small snapshots of big territories, and other basic concepts about maps. But I don't know that it conveyed much to our little boy. He likes it OK but he doesn't ask for it. But he does love his globe and maps. I rate this 4 stars because I personally would give it 5 stars while my son's excitement level seems around 2-3.
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I'm very pleased with how this book is written and illustrated! It makes beginning map reading very clear. I purchased this as a gift for a now 6 year old. I hope she likes it as much as I do and 'understands' the point! Next up, we need a book on teaching north/south/east/west! Not only for kids, but for the majority (sadly) of adults out there that are clueless as to what direction they travel/look at etc.
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