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The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories

by Val Ross

Published by Tundra, 2003
146 pages
ISBN: 0-88776621-8

Ages 9-14

Val Ross's lively, engaging narrative looks at the social, political and personal intrigue surrounding the lives of mapmakers from ancient times to the present. Each chapter focuses on a different map or mapmaker. In inviting, conversational prose, the author details what is known about their lives, the beliefs that influenced their work, and the maps themselves. She details how mapmakers often created maps that supported social, political, or religious beliefs of the times. While some drew their subject as they saw or imagined it, others drew it as they wanted it to be. From the extraordinary friendship between Christain King Roger II of Sicily and his close Muslim friend and mapmaker, Al-Idrisi, to Phyllis Pearsall, who is responsible for the London A-Z street guide used by millions of people today, Ross's book is a treasure trove of fascinating maps and stories. 2003 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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