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Maps Activity Book Paperback – March 10, 2015
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So, a couple years ago I predicted that my kids would still be flipping through the book Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski-and I was right. The pages are well-loved, and it's still displayed prominently on our coffee table. So recently we've added the MAPS Activity Book to our collection, and my kids are equally entertained by this coloring and activity book that lets them get creative about geography and world cultures. This oversized coloring book has tear-out pages about the size of a place mat. And that's one way I use it-keeping the kids busy while I cook dinner. Or unpack the take-out boxes. They can color animals from around the world, identify the continents on a world map, design your own kimono, or create intricate patterns on Mexican sugar skulls. It's a really nice mix of geography and culture in one book. I think the reason my kids have kept returning to the MAPS Activity Book over, say, their Dora coloring books, is because it allows so much freedom to be creative. You're not just filling in the colors on countries' flags; you have a place to design your own flag too. And when your life's dream is to be the ruler of the world - which my kids are practicing hard for, and I'm sure they're not alone - then naming your own country and designing its flag is a great place to start. -- Kate Etue Cool Mom Picks Using the same principles and in the same series, Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski's Maps Activity Book is a little more difficult but equally rewarding. There is a wide range of information about all kinds of aspects of the world, as well as puzzles to be solved and new things to be drawn and designed. -- Julia Eccleshare The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2007. In 2010 they were nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and have since been nominated for the IBBY Honor List (2010).
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This book has some interesting activities - but it is more about exploring different countries and cultures. For example, "Imagine that you are climbing Mount Everest, draw some things you might need on your trip" or "design and color a pattern for a kimono" or " in Thailand, goods are sometimes sold directly out of boats. Draw what a floating market might look like." All of these ideas are fun, but not really "map" related activities.
I did learn a few things from this book. I learned that in Mexico they celebrate the Day of the Dead and that they have skulls made of sugar.
Some of the activities were difficult because I had to guess about what they were asking you to do. I think there is another book that you are supposed to read first, but we don’t have that book. There is a little fact on the back of each page, but there is not a lot of information in this book. Also, some of the drawing activities were a bit difficult for me. I did like that there were so many projects. I haven’t done them all yet. On some pages you really need to use your imagination. So far my favorite is the Make Up Your Own Country project. Another activity asks you to guess and draw what the people of the country on that page might eat.
This book would be good for kids ages seven to ten who like maps and who like to draw and color.
Review by Aubrey L, Age 6, Greater New York Mensa
I loved the simple designs and interspersed blue/green/tan coloration throughout, which allowed for the "readers" own imagination to really come through onto the page. The activity pages have easy to understand instructions, while the blurbs of extra information are interesting and well-written.
I only wanted a little more organization, perhaps in the form of an introductory paragraph on the inside of the front cover. As an adult who will be recommending this book to young readers and perhaps using it in a classroom setting, I needed a little bit of guidance to get started. However, the young readers who pick up this book will not have that problem and will love just jumping right in to the activities!
With the perfect combination of fun activities, self-guided learning, educational content, and personal exploration through drawing and coloring, the MAPS ACTIVITY BOOK is perfect for classrooms, library activities, and young explorers and artists.