Which Way to the Revolution?: A Book About Maps

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Complete with seven easy-to-read maps, this colorful tale tells the amusing story about a group of mice who possesses special map-reading skills and, in turn, help Paul Revere reach his destination.

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Grade 1-3ABarner combines a snippet of history with engaging cut-paper illustrations to create an appealing concept book. When a mouse sees the signal in the Old North Church, he exclaims, "The British are coming!" "I'll tell Paul Revere! Then I'll get the map!" The map is a colorful two-page spread that shows the route from Boston to Lexington, with landmarks such as Bunker Hill, an old oak tree, and a wooden bridge clearly marked. As Revere and the mouse travel through different areas, parts of this map are shown in detail and scenes from their journey are illustrated on the facing page. The maps also show the route already traveled and include symbol keys and directional compasses. Although hampered by big, nasty rats that turn signs, break bridges, and dig holes in the road, the patriots manage to stay on course. At the end of the book, the terms "compass rose," "map key," and "scale" are briefly explained and a note provides some background on Paul Revere. Sara Fanelli's My Map Book (HarperCollins, 1995) and Joan Sweeney's Me on the Map (Crown, 1996) humanize the mapping process and expand children's definition of maps in general. Although centered around a more traditional type of map, Which Way takes a fresh direction that youngsters will enjoy.ALucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Barner's idea is a good one: to use Paul Revere's ride to teach map skills. He uses a team of mice to illustrate how Revere got from his home in Boston to Lexington; the mice have to avoid their enemies, sinister rats who break bridges and turn signs around. However, Barner never quite explains who Revere is, nor why the ride is famous, until the author's note at the end. Rich colors, silhouette figures, and jazzy graphics draw readers in and bring some order to the confusion of the opening pages, which offer no context for the two lights at the Old North Church (the text begins on the title page) or any sort of date or historical milieu. A final section encourages children to attempt their own maps; it will be up to adults to flesh out the innovative, but bare- bones discussion. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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