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  Amazing Pop-Up Geography Book

Contrary to popular belief, the earth is not flat. Therefore it stands to reason that a geography book should pop up, spin, and reveal the world's secrets in all its three-dimensional glory. This truly Amazing Pop-Up book, virtually exploding with action and visual stimulation, is jam-packed with flaps to lift, wheels to dial, tabs to pull, and exciting pop-ups. There's even an expandable globe hanging on an elastic string, so readers can take a closer look at Earth as they learn more about its components. Scientific, political, and geographical information is presented in an easy-to-absorb, lighthearted way, so even the reluctant geographer will have no problem mastering the basics and much more.

  As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Reflecting the renewed interest in geography for ever younger readers, simple words and pictures describe the travel of an eagle, a rabbit, a crow, a police horse, a seagull, and the moon. A pictorial map for each animal is given; all maps are joined in "The Big Map" at the end. The somewhat sketchy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations lend a bit of personality to the animals, and the journey each makes helps give the audience some information about its habitat.


Maps and mapping, mountains and volcanoes, rivers and oceans, and weather and climate are the four key subjects explored in The Earth. Children will make exciting discoveries including how to read maps, what clouds tell us about the weather, and how to make a sundial.

  Earthsearch: A Kids' Geography Museum in a Book

A multifaceted introduction to geography covers everything from rocks to recycling and features eighteen exhibits, including a 2.5-million-year-old used aluminum cover, foreign coins, and French hotel bathroom tissue.

  Geography from A to Z

Grade 2-4 Sixty-three geographical terms are simply defined and illustrated. Clear, uncluttered illustrations with bright contrasting colors and black outlines help clarify the meaning of each term. Little prior knowledge is expected of readers, and almost all terms used in definitions which might puzzle some readers are defined elsewhere in the glossary. Both common words such as mountain and less frequently encountered terms such as meander are defined. Some sub-definitions are included, such as cataract and cascade under waterfall.

  Longitude Prize

Grade 6 Up-This rousing history focuses on the life of the British clockmaker who invented an ingenious way of measuring longitude at sea. This form of measurement was undeveloped in the 18th century, so the British Parliament offered a prize of 20,000 pounds to the first person to come up with an accurate system. John Harrison eventually succeeded overcoming not only the practical problem, but also the prejudices of the scientific community against his humble background and his unusual method.

  Mapping the World

Grade 4-6. In a clear and informative progression, Johnson traces the history of cartography from an early Babylonian image scratched into a clay tablet to maps developed with satellite and computer technology. Early maps, the author notes, were often infused with the theology of the period and as exploration into unknown areas expanded, so did the information recorded on them. Early mapmakers and geographers are identified: Claudius Ptolemaeus (or Ptolemy); Matthew Paris; Martin Waldseemuller, who was the first to identify the New World as "America"; and Gerardus Mercator, the 16th-century creator of the Mercator projection still used in cartography today. The slender book contains a number of clear full-color reproductions that suitably illustrate Johnson's descriptions. The writing is smooth and lucid and the material is well organized. The further reading list flags books of interest to young readers. Attractive, interesting, and well written, this title will be an asset to any collection.

  Maps and Globes

A brief history of mapmaking, a simple explanation of how to read maps and globes, and an introduction to the many different kinds of maps there are.

  Me on the Map

Grade 1-2. A nameless child introduces the world of cartography. Using the premise that simple drawings can be maps, the book begins with crayon drawings of the floor plans of the girl's room and house. The concept becomes progressively more complex, as her horizons expand from home to street, to town, to state, to country, and finally to the world. Colorful illustrations show a composite of the entire area that is being charted on the facing page.

  National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas

Grade 2-6. For children who are just learning to navigate their way around their own communities, understanding maps can be a challenge. These oversized books will be useful guides to their first forays into the larger world. The Beginner's World Atlas starts by looking at a house, its street, and the surrounding neighborhood, showing how they appear on a map. In simple language, it explains what a physical map is and provides an example of one. National Geographic's world-renowned cartographers joined forces with educational consultants and geographers to create this state-of-the-art world atlas for the youngest, most curious explorers. Stunning full-color photographs reveal the varied landscapes and populations of the planet, and galvanize readers to get out there and see it all for themselves.

  Scrambled States of America

This wacky, thoroughly engaging tale of mixed-up geography is a good bet for some awards. Perhaps best of all, the large format and riot of detail allow for plenty of amusing asides. Books that claim to "make geography fun" usually have to be taken with a dose of skepticism: so often, the teaching is there and the entertainment isn't. This delightfully quirky and original book shows how it should be done. (Ages 4 and older).

  There's a Map in My Lap! All About Maps

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!").

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