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Puzzle Maps U. S. A. (An Owlet Book) Paperback – September 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Series: An Owlet Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805035974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805035971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,723,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Clouse has some colorful fun with a map of the U.S., and encourages children to do the same. First she reveals a double-page spread of the map, with each state labeled. On the next page, each state is a different color, the names have been omitted and the map has become a large puzzle that can be taken apart visually and put back together. With the shapes of the states as pieces, a variety of "picture puzzles" follows, each depicting persons or objects that include a wagon, a turtle, a man walking a dog, a carousel horse and a clown. Under each composite picture, the names of the states that comprise the image are printed upside-down, while at the end of the book a more detailed "puzzle key" shows readers--in line drawings--which state was used to make each part of the picture. Clouse succeeds in enlivening a potentially dull subject in this unusual book. Ages 7-11.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- A refreshing approach to map skills. The book provides a very basic introduction, covering the concepts of shape and proportion (i.e., a map may be large or small causing the size of the state to change, but its shape remains unaltered). There is no mention of scale or direction. The emphasis is on puzzle activities that utilize the different shapes of the states. Children are asked to identify the states that make up a turtle, a tree, and other familiar objects. The pleasing use of basic colors and the effective layouts with collage figures make the book more visually appealing than many map books. The puzzles, however, are apt to be difficult because some of the states are shown at different angles, and they do not remain the same color throughout the book. Also, some states such as Colorado and Wyoming are identical in shape. In order to identify states, readers must continually flip back to the front map pages. Answers are provided on each page, with more detailed keys at the back of the book. Despite these limitations, the book offers some enjoyable exercises, and the U. S. geographic trivia at the end of the book can be used to initiate more activities. It is this approach to playful learning that makes the book a success. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I teach fourth grade and part of our social studies curriculum is the United States. This book is great for helping the kids identify the different states. I plan on reading this book to the kids and let them work with it during their spare time to learn the different shapes of each state.
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By Jen in NC on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
My 8 year old daughter has really taken to this book. It is very colorful and has
many interesting drawings made from pieces shaped liked the states.
She likes to sit with her wooden map puzzle and use those pieces to
recreate the pictures in the book.

This has spurred her interest in learning about the states to a new level.
Great way to learn!
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By welovetoread on October 23, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love the book. My children are studying the states and capitals this year. Excellent!
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