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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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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0650 (What's this?)
  • 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 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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. I am happy to say that this had just the same reaction with our little one when we got it for his birthday. Maps are something that he finds interesting in general and he seemed to enjoy having more information on them, He enjoyed the initial reading of the book and it has inspired him to ask a lot of other questions about the information in the book, which is just what we wanted to happen when we bought him this
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We like this book in our house. It has many silly words and nothing makes a toddler giggle like silly words. It introduces all the map concepts, I was surprised when it said "Never eat soggy wheat", I learned soggy waffles in school. So fun yes, interactive yes, does my toddler really get it, I don't think so.
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We have the new learning Dr Seuss Books on horses, maps and anatomy. As a parent, grandparent, sibling or teacher; they are fun! to read aloud to children. They contain a surprising amount of informative content. Beginning Geography workbook Grades K-2 (also sold on Amazon) and this book combined make great teaching tools for 4-6 year old children. We recently did 3 activities from the geography book with a small group of home school children ages 4,5,6. The same night I was reading this book to daughter, and it happened to review the "compass rose", using "scale" to measure maps, and use of symbols on maps that we had studied during the day with the geography work sheets.
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Talked ALL about maps. All kinds of maps, how to read maps, what maps are used for what etc. Very great info. Kind of bored my 3 year old a bit but would be great in a school setting. Cat in the hat learning library rocks!
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