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Me on the Map Hardcover – March 19, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517700956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517700952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Simplifying the abstract nature of maps, Sweeney encourages the cartographer in every child. Step by step, moving from a personal to a global scale, a girl explains what maps are by giving clear, easily grasped examples. First, standing in a cheerful bedroom, she tells readers, "This is me in my room." On the facing page, she has drawn herself in a childlike overview layout of her bedroom. "This is me on the map of my room," she says, proudly. Next, a framed painting of her house is faced by a blueprint "map" of her house. The pattern continues throughout the book, with scenic views (a picture of her town, an impression of her state, a Steinberg-esque vision of the U.S.) followed by maps of each area. Debut artist Cable's clear, crisp renderings show a wealth of detail on the scenic illustrations, while her creative progression of maps includes handmade examples, a souvenir state map, an elementary classroom map of the country and, finally, a "flat" map of the world. An admirable effort, and one that kids will enjoy replicating. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-2?A nameless child introduces the world of cartography. Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more complex, as her horizons expand from home to street, to town, to state, to country, and finally to the world. Colorful illustrations show a composite of the entire area that is being charted on the facing page. On each successive page, the child points out her street, hometown, state, and country. The process then reverses as she finds the U.S. on a world map and works back down the scale to her own room again. The text concludes with the statement that "...everybody has their own special place on the map." Not an essential purchase, but one that could be useful for teaching basic skills at the primary level.?Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My four year son and I love this book.
IdeaMom
This series of books does a great job using colorful illustrations and text that's a lot easier to understand than anything I could come up with myself!
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I homeschool and this is an excellent book for teaching elementary school kids their "place" on the map.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By IdeaMom on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
My four year son and I love this book. I used this book and the mapping activities it inspires to teach my son our address. We basically recreated this book with all of its maps to establish my child's very special place on the map (his bedroom, our home, our street, our town, our state, etc.)
If you like this book, try also: Me and My Family Tree.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
In all my years as an elementary school librarian, this has to be the best introduction to maps that I have seen for primary grades. It is written at a 1.7 reading level, which makes it accessible to first through third grades. In our school, the third grade teachers do a unit on communities, and this title ties in beautifully with that.
I like the way Joan Sweeney starts with, "This is me" and builds the concept through "my room," "my house," "my street," and on to town, state, country and the world. Then she goes backwards until she concludes with "...everybody has their own special place on the map. Just like me."
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Library Binding
This book is a great one to share in the classroom as an introduction to mapping. It begins with a girl making a map of her room, her house, her street, etc. Followup activities in the classroom that work well are mapping a student's room, house, classroom, and school.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By feline on May 1, 2006
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Excellent book! Not only it teaches about maps (from the map of your room to the map of the world) and geography but it is also excellent for teaching about

* sequences and patterns (each page follows the same template, expanding from the room to the world)

* spacial rotation and visualization (a map is a view from above)

* abstract represntation (a map is a schematic view, a model, of the objects it represents)

* permancence, presistence, and the transient nature of objects and their location (what should be on the map? - toys, books, socks?)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is simple yet engaging. My 4th grade students gained a deeper understanding of their location in this vast universe. They were able to follow the book's example and create their own personal map book. I believe this book should be a part of every elementary classroom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It helps kids relate the reality of their world to the world as a whole, It also helps them understand maps, which are really fairly abstract. It starts with a picture of a little girl in her room, and, on the facing page, her drawing of a "map of my room". Then it shows her house, and her "map of my house". Then the street, with the house on it, then the town, with the street on it, etc. The pictures zoom all the way out to a view of the Earth from space. My daughter loves it, and has drawn "maps" of her room, our house, etc. like those in the book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adele Rivera on March 20, 2011
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My 3 year old was learning about her home address, neighborhood, city and state in pre-school and i was looking for an age appropriate book to supplement the teachers lessons. This book is excellent. It uses simple sentences and helps illustrate basic pre-school geography. The teacher even asked to borrow it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Reitman on March 13, 2012
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Thie content in this book is great. My six year old was intrigued by the pictures and it really helped him understand how he fits into the world and the idea of starting with the smaller location of home and moving out to a world view. The book spawned lots of discussion about where we live in relation to the world, state, city town and in relation to others we know. My only problem with this book is that it fell apart as soon as we got it. The binding in the spine came apart and the pages started falling out the first time we read it. Amazon replaced it promptly , that was great. However, the new copy is also not bound very well and starting to come apart. We read it very carefully...not ideal for a book made for young readers! It is a shame because it is a really good book. The binding is bad.
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