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December 19, 2010

Maps – Getting from Here to There

Maps by Harvey Weiss: Book Cover

Maps – Getting from Here to There


Author: Harvey Weiss


Page Length: 64    


Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: The book begins with the narrator describing his desk in his room. He then draws a map to inform the reader how to find him.  He expands the maps to finding his room if you began by looking at the globe.

He then defines a compass and explains how to make one.  Further explanation is given about scale maps, topographical maps, definitions of latitude and longitude, and using all of the terms when looking at a globe.

In addition, he explains marine charts and symbols, as well as, special purpose maps for subways, aircrafts, environment and roads.

REVIEW:  This is an excellent informational book with interesting explanations and good illustrations that should capture the interest of a reluctant reader. I would suggest it to be used at the beginning of any geography course either in middle, junior high or high school grades.  I believe boys would especially enjoy it.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Geographical vocabulary


RELATED BOOKS: The Map Catalog: Every Kind of Map and Chart on Earth and Even Some Above It

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Planet Earth (2007)


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


November 26, 2010

A River Ran Wild

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A River Ran Wild

Author: Lynne Cherry

Page Length: 26 

Reading Level: 3

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: The Nashua River was once a beautiful river. The water was clear, the fish and wildlife were plentiful, and the river provided a way of the life to the Native Americans who settled along its banks. With time many changes occurred to the river. The land was cleared and fenced off; and parts of the river were claimed. Industrialization brought pollutants to the water. Soon, the river was no longer clear and no longer a healthy environment for wildlife. Marion Stoddart and others changed the fate of the Nashua River and proved that together they could a difference. They show the reader that the beauty of nature can be restored.

REVIEW: This book is easy to follow and is a well told story. It would be a great accompaniment to a science lesson on pollution and its effects. The book contains good illustrations, great pacing, and a solid conclusion. The book could be a starting point for writing letters in support of a cause or for a journal response on other things that need to be changed in society.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: sequence of events, cause and effect, making predictions


RELATED BOOKS: The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle, Written in Water, How Do we Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, A New Book about Climate Science and Solutions

RELATED MOVIES: Young Voices on Climate Change, Alec: Kids vs. Global Warming, Team Marine, Girl Scouts


REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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