Reviews for Reading Maps

Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 October
Each book in this series provides background information on the featured topic with photographs and a clear explanation of each. Reading Maps includes online maps and how they are developed, making this a very up-to-date resource. The series emphasizes that all the information provided is true and can be verified. Adding these to an elementary school library or classroom collection as supplemental information would be recommended. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index. Lourdes Cervantes, Hemphill Elementary School, Kyle, Texas. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

Gr 2-4--These books advertise that everything you read in them is "All New All True!" Although the material is important and updated, the information is not new and it is not engaging. Maps includes the compass rose, orientation, latitude and longitude, legend, and online maps. Charts discusses graphic organizers, spreadsheets, tables, personal planners, line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, flow charts, and note-taking charts. Diagrams covers Venn diagrams, cluster maps, problem-solving diagrams, t-charts, research-paper organizers, persuasive-letter organizers, maps, drawings, and cycle diagrams. Both Charts and Diagrams have several "Try It" pages that give readers an opportunity to create some of the examples being discussed-these could be helpful in the classroom. There is a "Big Truth!" spread in each book, such as a chart for March Madness and Florence Nightingale's rose diagram-although it is not obvious why it is a big truth. Layout includes plenty of photos, illustrations, and graphics. There are a few captions that don't go with the pictures; for example, the cover of Diagrams shows a layered drawing of a volcano, but the caption reads, "Diagrams have been found in cave paintings." Despite the minor issues, these books provide solid curriculum support if material on the subjects is needed.--Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

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