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Grade 3–5—In this clever introduction, Sally and her four friends are looking for her missing cat and dog. The simple text is accompanied by a colorful map that uses symbols to identify places such as the library. Next, the youngsters explore the park, and the map shows how to follow a route. They continue their search in the city, the countryside, and eventually across the world and the solar system. On the way, a different type of map—for example, weather, topographical, and treasure—is featured on each spread and explained. The idea works well for the first few pages but falls apart as the children go further and further afield. However, the information is solid, and readers will enjoy looking for the animals, who are hiding somewhere in each map. Back matter includes instructions for creating a map of a bedroom.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN END

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Sally and friends are playing in her backyard when they notice that her dog and cat, Max and Ollie, are missing. Determined to find them, they run through their neighborhood, the park, and the zoo; venture into the country and to a tropical island; and finally travel around the world and into space before locating the animals in the backyard. The fanciful story is less important than the overhead views of the search, which create maplike scenes of the children searching across land, sea, and space. Map-related information appears in bold type on each spread. Younger children will enjoy finding Ollie and Max in each ­cartoon-style picture, but older ones can pick up quite a bit about maps, including their purpose, use of symbols, and terminology, e.g., compass rose and legend. An appended project shows children how to create maps of their bedrooms. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elaborate compass roses, legends, latitudes, longitudes, scale indicators, and landmark icons; the world of maps is a mysterious, and often-complex one. In Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills, book creator Scott Ritchie brings mapping down to a fun, colourful, and manageable level for young children.

Ritchie begins by introducing young readers to the characters, and a diagram that explains the common features found on a map, When Pedro notices that Sally's dog Max, and her cat Ollie are "missing", the children are off on an imaginary voyage that will take them around the world and back in search of the missing pets.

At each stop along the way, new mapping skills are taught by placing the characters directly on landscapes that appear as detailed maps from the overhead, offset perspective the bold illustrations are drawn from. This perspective is consistent throughout, even when no mapping skills are being taught, adding to a consistent feel throughout the book.

As the children scour the neighborhood for Max and Ollie, legend skills are introduced, with an interactive question to engage children. At each progressive stop additional skills are folded in, sometimes in combination with each other. When the children strike out through the city in search of the zoo, using a compass rose is the main focus, with legend skills also included.

When I sat down to work through Follow That Map! with my daughter it seemed almost too easy - the learning that came from reading the simple story and asking her the included questions was effortless and fun for both of us. The introductory level skills explored are: legends, trails, compass rose, scale bar, weather map, following directions with the help of a map, topographical maps, landmarks, and world maps.
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This book is easy enough to follow for a six-year old, and teaches the basics of map-making without sounding like a text book. After I read him the book, my grandson did a drawing and together we selected symbols for the legend and added the compass. I am pleased with the presentation and the quality of the illustrations.
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My five-year old LOVES maps and this book totally caters to that fascination. A wonderful book to help your child develop his mapping skills without sacrificing one bit of fun. Read the book straight through, or take it map by map and teach your child by having him create his own maps.
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This is a great book if you want your child to appreciate and understand maps. It is beyond the concentration capacity of my 5 year-old but my 7 year-old is showing more interest in it. It has a lot of basic explanation of maps and how they are used in a very understandable way for kids.
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This is a great first map book for kids! My 4 year old granddaughter just loves it! It's very well illustrated with several fun map adventures to follow. It's easy to learn the legends and the symbols. Great educational book! I highly recommend it!
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I teach Head Start and we were doing a study on our community. I love how the book begins with a concrete example of a map in their backyard, moves on to their town and then reaches out to the country, a treasure map and even space.
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This book has been extremely useful in helping my 5yo understand the concept of maps. After reading the book, my 5yo daughter can now draw imaginary maps, complete with landmarks and symbols representing schools, the library, our house, etc. I don't know that my 3yo understands the concept behind the map, but he can interpret a map legend and find the symbols on a map with ease. Both kids adore the plot, and finding each of the kids and the two pets on each page.
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My son has enjoyed reading this book. It shows different types of maps and how to read them, and it's got enough substance to interest my 8-year-old without being too teachy or too baby-ish.
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