Sir I. loves maps. World maps, treasure maps, road maps, atlases and globes. I got a kick out of his commentary on our road atlas yesterday in the van: “Wow, look, I found Florida! And the north part of Kentucky!” (Yes, this kid managed to decode the world Kentucky all by himself, too). Half a year ago, we did a unit study on maps and unearthed some great material on the subject.
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney: This is an awesome first resource for mapping. The concept is simple: the girl draws herself in a map of her room, then her room in her house, her house on her street, and all the way out to her country on the globe. After we read this, we drew maps of various rooms in our house, found our town in our state, our state in our country, and so on, just like the girl did.
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Henessey and Peter Joyce: More advanced–including grids, keys and legends, but the fairy tale maps are enchanting and detailed. My only complaint is that the maps are crowded, and it can be hard for little eyes to find things. And also, it’s out of print. Boo.
Which Way to the Revolution? by Bob Banner: Fun! Follow Paul Revere from Boston to Lexington, accompanied by friendly mice and thwarted by evil rats. Appealing simple maps and easy introduction to landmarks, map symbols and the compass rose. Sir I. loved it so much he requested I get it again from the library.
More on maps, for grown-ups too: