From Library Journal
Grade 4-6-In a clear and informative progression, Johnson traces the history of cartography from an early Babylonian image scratched into a clay tablet to maps developed with satellite and computer technology. Early maps, the author notes, were often infused with the theology of the period and as exploration into unknown areas expanded, so did the information recorded on them. Early mapmakers and geographers are identified: Claudius Ptolemaeus (or Ptolemy); Matthew Paris; Martin Waldseem?ller, who was the first to identify the New World as "America"; and Gerardus Mercator, the 16th-century creator of the Mercator projection still used in cartography today. The slender book contains a number of clear full-color reproductions that suitably illustrate Johnson's descriptions. The writing is smooth and lucid and the material is well organized. The further reading list flags books of interest to young readers. Attractive, interesting, and well written, this title will be an asset to any collection.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
From the oldest maps in the world, to mapping the earth and other planets from space, Johnson (Ferrets, 1997, etc.) introduces the world of cartography using an outstanding collection of full-color period prints and contemporary photographs. Included is a map carved on a clay tablet made in 500 b.c. in Babylonia; a road map for a.d. 1200; a world map made in a.d. 1482; using information recorded by Ptolemy in a.d. 150; a sea, or portalan chart from a.d. 1489; maps of the New World made by Spanish mapmakers around a.d. 1500; and many more. Johnson discusses the first modern atlas as well as the Mercator projection, and introduces new ways of mapping using satellites and instruments for remote sensing involving radio signals, microwaves, and computer imaging. Accessible, beautiful, and informative, this is essential for most collections. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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