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Friday, March 28, 2014

Maps!


I have been waiting months to see Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski! It was worth the wait! This oversize volume (10.5" x 14.5") feels sturdy and enchanting in my hands. The cover sticker boasts "Travel the globe without leaving your living room"! Though I have been traveling from my kitchen, I have seen Chomolungma (or Mount Everest) in Nepal, been on safari in Tanzania, viewed prehistoric drawings in Toquepala Caves in Peru, and so many more incredible things.

Organized by continent, the book contains 51 maps. Each continent map lists the number of countries (or states or provinces) and the continent's population and capitals. Each country map tells the country's language and area, as well as incredibly detailed drawings of the animals, people, plants, geologic features, and people they make the place unique. The only disappointing thing was that nothing noteworthy was drawn on my Minnesota. 

Readers will adore this book. I am certain the things I found intriguing would be equally interesting to others. It will also prompt an interest in map-making! I even want to make my own map.

4 comments:

  1. I saw this in a bookstore & am yearning to "get my hands on it". I used to use a book that I still love with my young art students: "My Map Book" by Sara Fanelli. Do you know it?
    PS. Did they show anything noteworthy on my Maine?

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    1. I do know My Map Book. Maine featured Cape Neddick Lighthouse and a hiker at the start of the Appalachian Trail. You would make wonderful maps like these, Rita.

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  2. Must. Get. This. Book. And how I wish my father could have seen it. It looks like a perfect choice for the grand-nieces whose father is in the map-making business.

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    1. I want a copy for myself, Ellen. Everyone in my family is captivated by it.

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