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The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States

By E. Andrew Martonyi (Author) & Ed Olson (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States by E. Andrew Martonyi & Ed Olson...

The 2006 National Geographic-Roper Study indicates that geographic knowledge in the US is in a dismal state. But now a new book makes learning all of the states as easy as remembering that Michigan looks like a mitten. Students discover that five states form the outline of a little man, who then comes to life and leads them on an adventure of discovery. They are amazed that every state plays a specific role (chair, table, flashlight, cup, elf, etc.) and interacts with the states around it. With this visual and interactive approach to teaching the states, tests have shown much higher retention rates than with more traditional teaching methods.

Publishers Description
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. This imaginatively illustrated story, narrated in rhyme by The Little Man In the Map, shows each state's part in its region and how it interacts with those around it. This makes learning their locations visual, easy, and fun.

Awards and Recognitions
The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States by E. Andrew Martonyi & Ed Olson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award - 2007 Silver Medal Winner - Nonfiction-Picture Book category
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2008 Silver Medal Winner - Original Concept category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Schoolside Press
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Jul 7, 2007
Age  4-8
ISBN  0978510046  
ISBN13  9780978510046  

Availability  113 units.
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More About E. Andrew Martonyi & Ed Olson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! E. Andrew Martonyi, award winning author, public speaker, trainer, and businessman, has traveled the world to give seminars to thousands of people. His love of travel was tested early in youth when his family crossed the Atlantic to land at Ellis Island. As a young man he drove across the US, where the Rocky Mountains, the deserts and the Pacific Ocean made him fall in love with the West. He moved to California where he lived on a boat for a while, writing poems of love and adventure. His wife, Irma, shares his enthusiasm for travel and the outdoors, and together they have hiked the Grand Canyon and camped in many states across the U.S. They continue to make their home in California.

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Why add another layer to learn?  Feb 25, 2010
This book has an interesting premise: remember all 50 states simply by following along with a story. The problem? Some of the memory devices are such a stretch that remembering *them* would be even harder than recalling the name of a state! Virginia is a ham. Sure. I get the link. But does anything about New York scream "flashlight" to you?

I didn't think so, either.

This book takes a fairly straight-forward task and morphs it into something way more complicated than it need be.
Super Children Geography Lessons  Jan 29, 2010
This book is just so special. I gave it to my grand daughter, Hannah, for Christmas. She is nine and she loves it! It is a great help in US geography and a refresher for seniors who have a tendancy to forget. It tweeked my brain and tickled my fancy because it is so clever. Congratulation to Andrew Martonyi for a wonderful book. I hope he writes more for all children who need to learn geography.
The Little Man In the Map  Apr 19, 2009
"A blank map of the U.S.A. plus your imagination are all you need to learn the states--all fifty in our nation."

A man in the map, a pack of schoolbooks, a mitten, a drinking cup, a longhorn chair and Old Man winter are just a few of the imaginative cues that Andrew Martonyi and Ed Olson have created to help children remember the shape and place of the 50 states.

Ed Olson has extensive experience with companies such as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Sony. This experience is evident in the quality of the illustrations in this book. His purpose, as stated on his blog is "to bring US Geography alive and let kids experience geography through their own eyes and imagination and make learning geography easy and fun."

I think my kids definitely agree. I have been using mnenomic based aids in our schoolwork over the last few years whenever I can find them. For kids with memory problems, they are very helpful. My nine year old daughter especially was quite taken with the imaginative illustrations.

The first section of the book is devoted to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. When viewed in isolation, they most definitely resemble a man with a hat. The remainder of the book is divided into regions -- Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwestern, South Central, Western, Alaska and Hawaii. I would study each of the regions separately, or to go along with a unit study.

I'll be happy to review this with my kids again. It definitely takes the "yuck" out of geography and I look forward to when they release the title for state capitals!
Good but not a "must have" for young children.  Apr 10, 2009
I'd been looking for homeschool materials on the U.S. map and found this book. My kids are very young, just 4 & 5 but I thought a rhyming book would be fun for them to start hearing about the states.

I think it's a bit much for younger grade school kids. I could see an older upper grade school age child getting much more out of this. The rhymes aren't all that easy to memorize or go along with, and some of the connections in drawings and "clues" are a leap for younger children to make. I didn't think all the clues and hints were entirely very clever either. I'll keep reading it to them and going over the pictures as their years go on. I think it'll be handy when they're snapping to more of the concepts this book uses, but truth be told I got farther with them memorizing states just with rote learning, pointing and naming and memorizing just like many of us did in school. I related states to where family members were born, shapes of the states that were easy to see, something that might be of personal interest to them about that state, etc. The rhymes and clues were just more to remember and they got a little distracted with the main objective. All in all, not a must have book for teaching young children IMO.
Can you name the 50 states in 4 minutes? Read this book first!  Feb 23, 2009
Over Thanksgiving a challenge was made that no one can name (write down) all 50 states in 4 minutes. After 4 minutes I was short only 3!!!! And those were ones I could picture, just not think of the names. "The Little Man in the Map" by E. Andrew Martonyi and illustrated by Ed Olson could have helped me win.

MinIow MisArkLou is the name of the man in the map (MIM for short). When you look at the states starting with Minnesota on down to Louisiana, you indeed can see a little man with a tall hat, face, shirt, pants, and boots. MIM takes the kids on a romp through the states with poetic word clues and imaginative illustrations for each state. My favorite illustration is of Florida as a turtle's head. Hawaii as a surf board and Alaska as Cold Man Winter are clever. Poetry for those little northeastern states are helpful in figuring out which one is Connecticut and Rhode Island etc. I must say that the Wyoming head is a little weird and a few states are elves for those concerned with fairy tales.

Mr. Martonyi is also working with Cassandra Reigel Whetstone to create a teacher's guide which should be available soon. Great games, a crossword puzzle, and other activities are included. Using this will help pull learning into other parts of your curriculum.

If you like teaching with imagery for memorizing, this book may be helpful. It was written with Mr. Martonyi's young granddaughter in mind and would be interesting for most children. A friend of mine used it with her 8, 6, and 3 year old boys. They enjoyed it and with repetitive reading would have learned more states. For my children, the idea was more confusing. They already knew most of the states and looking at a map when discussing news and travels was easier for their learning. However, they are looking forward to his newest book on clues for the state capitals using more word picture clues.

Check out for a couple free coloring pages to give you an idea of how the book is written and for author interviews. Mr. Martonyi is giving free shipping for the holidays. [...]

Now, come on, you know you want to try naming the 50 states in 4 minutes!!

Note: 5 stars stands for a book that I think everyone should own. 4 stars is a very good book that would be great in many homes. 3 stars is a good book for a particular need. 2 stars is OK. 1 star is a don't buy.


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