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Maps and Globes (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – May 23, 1986
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From the Back Cover
Maps and globes can take you anywhere -- to the top of the tallest mountain on earth or the bottom of the deepest ocean. Maps tell you about the world: where various countries are located, where the jungles and deserts are, even how to find your way around your own hometown. If you take a fancy to any place on earth, you can go there today and still be home in time for dinner. So open a map, spin a globe. The wide world awaits you.
About the Author
Jack Knowlton was born in Florida. He is a free-lance writer living in New York City and is the author of Geography from A to Z and Maps and Globes, which was featured on Reading Rainbow.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, I just wanted to warn parents about that bit of misinformation since none of the other reviewers mention it. It's actually understandable since the book is copyright 1985; AFAIK the research debunking the "Everyone was a flat earther until five centuries ago" notion was done after that. Still, there's a lot of good information about maps otherwise so you may still wish to use the book and just explain the error or skip over those pages.
said more about the utility of Mercator and similar maps (especially rhumb lines, shortest distances), but the Greenland/South America discussion is on target. I would have included another map -- the Western and Eastern Hemisphere and related cartographic data to Old and New World -- it introduces what young students will learn in later classes. Measurement on maps is effectively dealt with, but it is important to distinguish
the 'naturalness' of the Equator from the 'arbitrariness' of the Prime Meridian. Nice coverage of South America, but it might be more useful to put the pair of maps opposite each other. Authors should avoid referring to the land area as 'dry' land. It could be confusing. Imre Sutton, retired prof., geography, Cal. State Univ., Fullerton.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was to be a part of the curriculum for my sons and it was good at explaining a lot of things, but seriously it is still a bit too outdated.Published 4 months ago by Justice Pirate
Cover had a chunk out of it, but delivery was timely. Wish I didn't pay as much as I did, could have found a book like that at a garage sale for .25 cents!Published 5 months ago by M****S
Good book to help kids explore and use maps and globes. My daughter has been learning about maps and mapping in school so this book helped her solidify the things she learned in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TommyA