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The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories

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Winner of the 2004 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian children’s non-fiction

Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International’s Best Book Award – Social Studies, Grades 7-12


Shortlisted for the Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book of the Year

2003 winner of the Mr. Christie’s Book Award Seal

Shortlisted for the 2004 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Tundra Books (first published September 30th 2003)
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Sesana
I like middle grade and YA history, because the focus is often tight. This one in particular covers just a few mapmakers, and how they made the maps that made them famous. The stories are really very interesting. I think my favorite was about the man who posed as a Buddhist pilgrim and used his (modified) rosary beads as surveying equipment. Unfortunately, one throwaway comment left me concerned about the veracity of the book as a whole. Ross mentioned an ancient Chinese ship that had watertight ...more
Sereen
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! I really enjoyed it! It's a SUPER fun book that teaches you history! You don't get that a lot!
In this book, you can read all about Mapmakers and their stories, no kidding! It's fun and educational, and you won't forget ANY information after! It stays with you! This is a great book!
Adults can enjoy this Middle School/YA book as well!
Drinnon D
so far it's ok. it doesn't have me excited to read it, but I can read it. like I said its ok.
Paula
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Interesting stories of the explorers. A little bit of map/life philosophy to wrap up each chapter. Sidebars to explain technology & sideways bits of relevance. Mapping earth, sea, air, space in varied spots in history. My only complaint was that the illustrations couldn't be bigger.
Clarica
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I had to smile when, in one of the authors notes, they spoke of creating their own, imaginary maps. I have done the same thing, sometimes designing imaginary cities. More historical, with lots of dates and names swimming around, but it was quite interesting for me. Gives a nice summary of the story of the maps development, as well as some background in the life of the mapmaker(s).
Lily
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!!!! It taught me a lot about how our world was mapped!!!!5 stars!!!!!!!
Laura Bang
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So many fascinating stories about the history of cartography! Really well done.
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