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An Easy Step-by-Step Approach

Grade Level: 3-8
Pages: 82
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Full Color on White Paper

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What Parents Think

I own USA, Africa, Asia I, and Europe. These are all fantastic. The quality and usefulness deserve a 5 star. All 3 of my kids have used these for a year. It is not one of those books you buy and eventually stop using. We are memorizing how to draw the world using blank a 24x36 sheets of packing paper. We will continue to use these for years and years.

—Peggy C.Amazon Reviews

This is a great learning tool for both myself and my children. We have completed the book once, and now they can start from the beginning on their own for review. The baby steps to drawing the country are well broken up and well explained. One book can be shared by many as you are doing your drawings on blank paper and follow the guidelines from the book.

—JoAmazon Reviews

If this geographically-challenged mom likes it...then you might, too! These are GREAT books! A friend of mine who teaches at CC told me about them, and I must say I am very impressed. My kids and I are learning together, introducing 4 new items to our maps every week. I made laminated pages for all of us, and we practice every morning, drawing all the lakes/seas/land masses that we've learned so far. This is a painless way to learn geography!

—Mrs. H.Amazon Reviews

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Geography Introduction: Here's Why

Drawing a map, like reading, or algebra, is a difficult skill to learn and if one sets an 8-year-old down with a map of the US and says "draw this," the child will be as overwhelmed as if he were confronted with reading Shakespeare before he could read The Cat in the Hat, and will quickly abandon it. Sure, a child could understand and appreciate the story of Hamlet as well as read a map at the age of 8, but if you ask her to READ Hamlet or DRAW a map, that is another story. The intellect of a child far outpaces her skills and if you ask too much too soon from her skills you can forever extinguish a desire for more.

In this series of books I simply want to introduce children to geography by giving them a primer in the borders and locations of states, provinces and countries. By doing so I hope to invite them further into the beautifully complicated world of geography.

Are these drawings cartoons? Absolutely they are, and in the best sense of that word. The word "cartoon" originated in the Middle ages and meant what we would today call a "sketch," something that the artist drew as he thought out, or prepared to draw his masterpiece. By engaging students in drawing "cartoon" maps I hope to give them enough self-confidence to someday give the real thing a try.

Geography is essential to a child’s education. And basic to that study is a simple outline of states, countries and continents. In Draw Asia: Volume I, I have tried to give students an easy introduction to committing the map of one-half of Asia to memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each country as it connects to its neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw this half of Asia as a whole.

Asia is big! It contains over 40 countries and many bodies of water, so it will require two volumes. This first volume covers the western half of Asia from the Sinai Peninsula to India. Volume II covers the eastern half from China to the Pacific Ocean.

From the back cover…

Any time we discuss a person, place or thing, there is a “where” about it. Where were they born? Where do they live? Where did it happen? Where was it made? Geography is a necessary, if unvoiced, lynchpin in these discussions. A child who knows where Ohio, or China, or Togo is, gets more out of such discussions than a child who doesn’t. All books about history, literature and science will become broader and deeper for children who are familiar with the world around them, who know the lay of the land.

Education seeks to broaden a child’s mind, to entice him to explore. Through books, and videos a child can virtually travel to faraway places; studying geography will augment those travels and his journey will be that much richer because he knows where he is going.