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There's a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) Hardcover – September 24, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Cat in the Hat's Learning Library
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375810994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

The Cat in the Hat introduces beginning readers to maps?the different kinds (city, state, world, topographic, temperature, terrain, etc.); their formats (flat, globe, atlas, puzzle); the tools we use to read them (symbols, scales, grids, compasses); and funny facts about the places they show us (?Michigan looks like a scarf and a mitten! Louisiana looks like a chair you can sit in!?).

About the Author

Tish Rabe is an award-winning television producer and writer. She lives in Greenwich, CT.

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Tish Rabe (pronounced "Robby") is a best-selling children's book author who has written over 160 children's books including The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a series of non-fiction Dr. Seuss science books, which have sold over 4 million copies. A new television series based on these books, "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That" airs daily on PBS Kids (http://www.pbskids.org/catinthehat).

Ms. Rabe also created her own original character "The I Believe Bunny" for Thomas Nelson (www.ibelievebunny.com) a series of gentle, inspirational stories featuring beautiful watercolor illustrations, which won the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Best Picture Book in 2010.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Annette on July 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library books are all great tools to get beginning readers to read and explore different topics at the same time.

There's a Map on my Lap is my favorite in this series. It explains in typical Cat in the Hat rhyme and stance all the different uses for maps.

It explains the difference between a globe and a map, what latitudes and longitudes and other features of maps are. You learn to read a map by using the windrose or a grid.

The book goes well beyond town or country maps. It features weather maps, topographical maps and even marine charts.

What truly separates this book from the crowd: it is shockfull of hands-on things to do. It begins with peeling an orange while leaving the skin in one piece to demonstrate what a world map should really look like - brilliant idea! Then it goes on to make a map of your room, town, imaginary countries. Or how to measure the length of a curved road on a map using a straight ruler and string.

At the end of the book you find a glossary that explains the "big" words like topographical map and others again. Also a list of more books about maps and globes for children.

If you like doing hands on things with your preschool through 2nd graders this book is for you! Hours of fun and education all rolled into one big happy Cat in the Hat poem.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawthorne on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is classic Dr. Seuss...fun, silly, and children don't realize they're learning something. Great book for teaching about maps. I bought this for my 6 year old prior to going on vacation. We had been looking at maps and talking about what states we'd be driving through on our trip. He enjoyed listening to the book and because of the way the information is presented (fun and silly rhymes), he has retained what he learned. He has even referred back to specific bits of information we read from the book (i.e. Never Eat Shredded Wheat to remember North, East, South and West.)

The back of the book contains a glossary of terms mentioned in the book. Highly recommended as an additional tool for teaching about maps.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie E. Merry on August 13, 2007
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This is a fun book for introducing young children to maps. I will use it in my early childhood classroom but I wish I'd had it when my own chldren were young. They would have loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hummerfriend on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a cartographer and GIS student I am forever being asked "But what do you DO?". Now that I have nieces and nephews on the way I will be getting a copy of this for each one that comes along so they all can learn about what "Aunteesa" does at work! Love this book--was introduced to it in one of my GIS classes by the instructor who actually includes it in lectures! Amazingly accurate portrait of cartography in a kid's book....love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lowe on September 11, 2010
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This book was basically great, although some of the Dr. Seuss-style rhyming was just a tad confusing in the map-reading examples. I'd recommend adults read it over first, and if you are reading to--or with--kids who aren't familiar with the Seuss style, just skip over some of the names. Other kids may enjoy that part.

Overall this is a great book on map reading. Parents may want to read it with their kids before going on a road trip, have them practice some map-reading skills at home (including a blueprint-style map of the rooms in their home), then try to find some very simple maps for the kids to read on the road, depending on their ages.

This summer we organized some day camps to help young family members learn to read, which included numerous treasure hunts to practice reading skills. On the final day we read this book, then the big blowout treasure hunt led them to a hidden bag of puzzle pieces. When they put the puzzle together, it was a map of a couple rooms in our house, with red arrows pointing to the location of their next clue. The kids loved it (and they didn't mind the treasure chest full of little prizes after the final clue either)! I think it reinforced how much they could learn by reading books, and how they could put that knowledge to use.

I haven't seen many kids' books that teach map reading, so this is a great addition to a child's library, especially if you help them follow up with some practice. We females tend to have brains that don't automatically process maps, so this may be especially helpful for young girls--if they're anything like me, anyway!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Leili on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Children enjoyed this book. Used in map unit for PS and elem. settings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on March 24, 2010
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I bought this book for the Social Studies department where I work. The first grade teacher has used it and said she loved it. It has to be broken down and analyzed in sections because to do the whole book at once would be an informational overload for the age group that Dr. Seuss targets. I used the book for my 6th graders and it was just funny and kiddish enough to be really engaging. I'm very glad I purchased it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mom on January 4, 2009
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I love, love Dr. Seuss books. My 3 children and I have read them all. Even the ones you have never heard of. I appreciate the effort, but there is much lacking for it to be called a genuine Dr. Seuss book. The boys like it, but it is not one they pull off the shelf to read. They would rather "The Cat in the Hat", or "Green Eggs and Ham" (or any of the others).
It has to be my idea to read this one.
I do realize that it is a non-fiction book, but the rhythm & some of the rhymes just don't work. I think they could have done a little more to make it "sing-song". That's what makes a Seuss book!
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