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There's a Map on My Lap! (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  272 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The Cat in the Hat introduces beginning readers to maps–the different kinds (city, state, world, topographic, temperature, terrain, etc.); their formats (flat, globe, atlas, puzzle); the tools we use to read them (symbols, scales, grids, compasses); and funny facts about the places they show us (“Michigan looks like a scarf and a mitten! Louisiana looks like a chair you ca ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice rhyme of map,
You should need on your lap.
Steve Holden
We spent a day very involved with maps and how to use them yesterday in second grade. I used this one as a read aloud, along with Me On the Map. This one is fun for the kids - presented in Seusslike ways. It does a good job of introducing, defining, and even giving examples of types of maps and features found on maps. This was the first time I used this as a read aloud, and was pleased in doing so. It helped me accomplish what I needed to with my students.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After noticing that my nephew was interesting in map drawing, I decided to see if I could find any books that could promote this area of learning.
I was very impressed with this book, it contained lovely vocabulary that I feel would be beneficial to use as an aide to teaching children about maps. Reading through I thought perhaps some of the elements were more suited to an older child (he is six). However, pleasantly surprised that he has picked up a lot of information through re-reading this bo
We liked this book a lot. You learn all sorts of 'geography' words like latitude and longitude. It shows you how to read a map (with the legend). It has the traditional Dr. Suess type rhyme going, but some of the words make it too hard for a beginning reader.

My kids were inspired to pull out the maps and draw their own. Excellent reference for any study of geography or map unit.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dawn Fielder
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book at a Social Studies conference. It was used in a PK geography unit. This book is accurate and engaging. It is good book for introducing little ones to maps and globes.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining and informative book about maps. With a fun, rhyming narrative, classic Dr. Seuss characters, and colorful background scenes of different deserts, it's a good book to read aloud with children.

The book shows different types of maps and how they are used. The basic concepts are covered and it shows how maps and charts are useful in different ways. I love that it even mentions that charts are used by aviators, especially since that was a huge part of my own aviation experie
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was awesome and I liked it. My favorite part was the end because it showed a compass.

I used a map at the park ranger place. I use a map at the zoo. "Hey where is my map?" Evan said.

"I threw it away," Dad replied.

"You are the meanest dad in the whole wide world. I didn't care if it was all wrinkled up."

I went on vacation to Texas, New York,South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Wyoming, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia,Kansas, Oklahoma,Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Penns
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a bit above my son's level, but he loves maps and the Cat in the Hat, so when he picked it out, I thought, "Why not?". It's good, with lots to look at and learn. Some of the images are very busy and therefore hard to parse, especially for a 4 year old who's never seen some of the things described before. He loved interacting with the book. Since we'll read it hundreds if times before returning it to the library, he might actually learn some of this stuff! I wish it weren't so USA c ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with a second grade class today and I have to admit, it does a fairly proficient job covering the topic of maps. It hit on a lot of the terms that we had already been using in class as well as touching on a few words that hadn't come up yet, such as cartographer. All in all, it was well received by the class and I look forward to using it again with other classes in the future. A good book like this one brings topics that might otherwise be deemed dreadfully dull into an understandab ...more
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 3-5
Shelves: rhyming, maps
Good in conjunction with map study. It introduces lots of concepts--e.g., scale, compass rose, longitude/latitude--maybe too many for one session, but it can easily be read in installments. SmartBoard projection--world map, plan of a house. Follow-up activity: Kids label and illustrate a plan of the library.
Rosa Cline
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
What a wonderful way to introduce children to reading maps and knowing the various kinds of maps there are. How to read the 'key' and how to remember North, EAst, South and West etc. Really liked this approach to teaching this. My special needs teenage son AND my 3 year old granddaughter really enjoyed this book.
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is not much of a story or a poem, though in a Seuss-like way it is both, but it is effective in teaching map skills. My daughter wasn't interested in having me read it to her for almost a year. But I guess at almost 5 she is mature enough to follow the vocabulary (which is what this book is really about) and understand and enjoy maps, globes, charts, and plans.
Ayana Mishelle
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CaT IN THE HAT introduces beginning readers to maps. A great book for all ages . reccommended for 1st -2nd grade but can be used for engagement or a hook in other grades who think the cat in the hat is baby baby . Dr. Suess did not write this book there is a whole series that you will just fall in love with by this author Tish Rabe
Kara Immel
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fabulous! It contains Geography words and helps illustrate what maps are and all the different kinds of maps. This is not only great for younger children but for older ones as well will get a kick out of the tongue twister language.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geography, maps
A very fun rhyming book that covers the basics on maps. Asher (5 years old) now understands North, South, East, West and what they mean on a map.

Fun illustrations - we like Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Good for introducing geography. Not up to snuff with Dr. Suess books that he actually wrote but still a good fun read.

This book has a lot of vocabulary in it and is a fun read. It would be great for using throughout a geography unit in a young (kindergarten or first grade) social studies class.
Katherine Crawford
I think this is a boook that I'd like to make sure I have in our personal library... it will be handy for years to come.
Gina hernandez
It was the funniest book that i ever had read it was the cutest book i have read to my little brother, and my sister
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book for teaching about maps through literacy! Good visuals and lots of fun. I particularly like the glossary at the end.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty cute book. The rhyme was creative. It almost falls into the Magic School Bus category of being overstimulating, but not quite.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't count how many times I've read this to my daughter. She loves it.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
My personal favorite!
Fun read aloud for introducing maps and atlases.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
absolutely adorable. I will be teaching a three day geography camp in a couple of weeks and this will be great to introduce basic geo concepts to the kids!
A great book to use while teaching geography!
Shelly Lindsey
Love this book! Like most Dr.Suess books it is filled with rhyming words. It is focused around maps, which is great for intergrating Social Studies.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All about reading and using maps. I loved maps when I was young; this is a great intro to them for young beginners.
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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Jaime Stokes
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Love these dr. Suess books!
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