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An Easy Step-by-Step Approach

Grade Level: 3-8
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″
Full Color on White Paper

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What Parents Think

I have a 7th grade son who hates drawing and only last year ever ventured to draw anything without instruction. He has been tracing maps for years, in Foundations, but I was afraid that the transition to hand drawing maps in Challenge A would be overwhelming for him, so I got this book just to see if it would help. In less than half an hour, he had drawn a decent map of the US without tears or starting over. I'm off to buy the rest of the books!

—ladle24 (about Draw the USA)Amazon Reviews

I got this book to further our Classical Conversations (CC) Cycle 1 Geopgraphy studies and it is AMAZING!!!!! My 8 year old was able to follow the pages step by step and had Africa drawn in 35 minutes, and she LOVED it. (To be honest, I sat next to her and drew my own and quite enjoyed myself as well!)

—Keri K. (about Draw Africa)Amazon Reviews

My 11 year old is working on learning to draw a map of the world, we've looked at these books for a long time, but didn't want to spend $20 on a book we weren't sure about. She asked for it as a gift, so we went ahead...now we are looking forward to adding the other "Draw" series to our home library, she loved it, and my eight year old son is using it as well!

—Mom of three (about Draw Europe)Amazon Reviews

Sample Pages

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.