Map My Home

9781467711104. ea vol: 24p. (First Step Nonfiction-Map It Out Series). diag. glossary. index. maps. photos. Lerner. 2013. lib. ed. $22.60; ebk. $16.95.
K-Gr 3—These easy-to-read titles are for youngsters just learning about maps. Color photographs intermingle with hand-drawn diagrams to help readers understand the vocabulary. Each book is organized so that children can follow along as the narrator plans and then draws a map for a specific reason. My Room is an excellent place to start as it explains how the symbols are used and how to create a key. Each volume includes directions on how to make a map and some fun facts. Good examples of beginning narrative nonfiction that includes well-explained hands-on activities.—Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY
In each small square book, a child narrator works on a mapping project, introducing simple concepts, including symbols, keys, and labels. Short, easy-to-read sentences provide captions for the clear photographs on each page. The formulaic books aren't very exciting overall, but new readers will come away with basic information; an activity reinforces the lesson. Appended "Fun Facts" vary in relevance from book to book. Glos., ind. Review covers these First Step Nonfiction: Map It Out! titles: Map My Continent, Map My Country, Map My Home, Map My Neighborhood, Map My Room, and Map My State.

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