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An Easy Step-by-Step Approach

Grade Level: 3-8
Pages: 66
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″
Full Color on White Paper

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What Parents Think

Classical conversations and Homeschooling mom here! Even if you don't do CC these books are simply amazing! In premise the idea is simple: step by step instruction on how to draw whatever the subject geography is at hand. Well, they are explained so much better than little ol' me could do and they make it totally fun!

—MomtographerAmazon Reviews

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!

—ladle24Amazon Reviews

This is a fantastic book! My 6th grader, 3rd grader, Kindergardener and I are all learning to draw the U.S. with such ease. I am certainly no artist, but it is so easy to follow the instructions. We're also really learning the location of each and every state this way. This is a must buy and I know we'll be buying many others in this series.

—James A.Amazon Reviews

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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.

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

Draw USA Example

Kiefer, Age 7
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I just wanted to thank you for Draw the USA and now Draw Africa! We use Classical Conversations and geography is one of our core subjects. This past cycle was the U.S. and my son and I used your book daily. He can now draw the U.S. by memory! Next cycle focuses on Africa. I decided to check and see if you have any other geo books. Imagine my excitement!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for these resources….

I also purchased some of your other books and I’m excited to check them out.

— Deanna

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.