Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Little Man in the Map

The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States, by E. Andrew Martonyi, is an engagind little book with friendly illustrations that is designed to help school-age children learn the names and locations off all the states.
Learning all 50 U.S. states is easy when you learn from The Little Man In the Map! Asked by their teacher to find clues for memorizing the states, students begin to see images: a hat, a shirt, a pair of boots formed by state boundaries. When they put some of them together, they're amazed to find the outline of a man standing in the middle of the map.

Excited by their discovery, they draw a face and arms on him and create The Little Man In the Map, whom they nickname MIM. Their imaginations bring MIM alive, and with his help they discover the surprising roles all the states can play. Soon they can spot the elf, the playful dog, the spooky head, and all the others.

Using rhyme and mnemonics, the narrator tells a story about states in each region and how they interact with each other. It has apparently been used in classrooms with great success.

Indiana is Michigan's sleeve... that's cute.

As a child, I was already in love with, and studying maps. I suspect I would have quickly become annoyed with this approach... but then I don't pretend I was a "normal" child when it comes to geography.

UPDATE 6/10/10: Just came across this YouTube video related to the book. Enjoy!


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At Monday, August 10, 2009 , Blogger elmhurst erik said...

I prefer to think of Minnesota as a mohawk rather than a hat.

At Monday, August 10, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

I agree. As a hat it is pretty lame.

At Thursday, August 13, 2009 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

I dunno, man... I think I'm still a little annoyed with this approach. Are the states so hard to remember, that they need these weird mnenomics? Just cut 'em loose with state map puzzles, and they'll be in like Flynn.


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