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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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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.
The back of the book contains a glossary of terms mentioned in the book. Highly recommended as an additional tool for teaching about maps.
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!
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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his is another in the series of the Cat in The Hat science books, and we were excited to get this as our 3YO really enjoyed the books in this series that we had to date. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jennifer Lally
I love when fun and learning meet! This is an example of that!Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Helen G. Peters
OMGoodnes what a wonderful book filled with wonderful vocabulary for my MAP UnitPublished 5 months ago by suzanne
Love this item. The rhyming keeps my students interested and reading it in sections will hold my youngest students attention.
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Great book that has taught my son a lot about the subject matter.Published 7 months ago by LaBellmade