Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Little Man In the Map


The Little Man In the Map is a beautiful, oversized hardcover book that teaches United States geography through picture and rhyme. Author E. Andrew Martonyi and illustrator Ed Olson have done an excellent job creating a book that is both visually appealing and fun to read aloud again and again.

The story begins in a classroom of children; none too excited to have to piece together all the states in a puzzle. They soon discover that the shapes of the states in the middle of the map create a figure, and so the Man In the Middle (or MIM) is discovered. He takes them on a journey of their imaginations where each state becomes more than meets the eye. As they travel through the regions, they find a mitten, puppy, table, chair, a turtle, an elf, and even a flashlight, all cleverly disguised as states. The children are now excited to learn United States geography, all thanks to MIM and their imaginations.

I tend to be more right brain dominant and have children who are as well. We need story and visuals to cement dry facts into our heads and this book does a wonderful job connecting the facts with the imagination. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who learns best with pictures and story, although I’m sure all would enjoy it. A short teacher’s guide is available with added activities. My favorite is “Bake the States” which contains instructions for creating a clay map of the US. There is also a wall map available for purchase, which would be an excellent reinforcement.

I will use this book myself by combining it with the Flat Travelers project and a good US Kids Cookbook. The wall map and a US State puzzle (maybe a floor size puzzle?) would also be a great addition. It sounds like a wonderfully fun way to learn about geography!

The Little Man In the Map sells for $19.95 and the 38x22 inch Wall Map for $21.95 at Schoolside Press. Also be sure and check out the authors blog, FrogsJumpUSA!

2 comments:

Meg said...

You asked for traffic? Traffic! :-). Have you ever been on FreeRice.com? Its a quiz site that gives rice to third world countries when you get a question right. They have a world capitals section.

FrogsJumpUSA said...

Hi Lori,
Thank you for a wonderful review beautifully written. With the many great reviews coming in we have decided to offer free shipping to anywhere in the US during the holidays. That is for the book, map and combo.
Thanks again
Andrew Martonyi

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