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I looked online at some historical atlas', then reserved one through our library. I got it yesterday and was sort of surprised at the loads of text and minimal maps. I guess I was expecting it to be the other way around. It's "Atlas of World History" edited by Kate Santon and Liz McKay, pub. by Parragon Publishing. In addition, the "Origins of Man" beginning to the book is so strongly evolutionary. I wondered, "Why this in a historical atlas???" Any thoughts on others, or is this the typical fare for this type of book? I'd like to buy one to have in the house and I don't recall any others being available from our local library.
09-05-2008, 06:12 AM
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April in CA
09-05-2008, 11:12 AM
I too am always on the lookout for a good historical atlas - world or american. I have found that Hammond and Rand McNally and maps.com (I think that is the name!) publish pretty good historical atlases with lots of maps. Unfortunately, the maps are realatively small, but that seems to b a universal issue rather than a failing of one particular company. CBD and Rainbow Resources sell some of these. If you have a local Barnes and Noble, check their bargain priced section - sometimes you can find oversized atlases there for cheap. If you ar looking a good Bible atlas, get the Holman's Bible Atlas from Lampstand - it's great!
April (the map lover)
09-06-2008, 07:38 PM
I hope you get some good replies. I searched this very topic on these forums a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed in the ones I ended up ordering based on those discussions. It was the same problem you found - lots of text and few very small maps. I was so disappointed.
I checked my library account and forgot that I also ordered the Usborne Hist. Atlas. That should come today or Wednesday. Anybody have any opinions on that one?
I will check the Hammond and Rand McNally ones. Why such a lack of texts in this category??? Are you all just using the teacher's maps and giving the dc's the answers from that? Somehow that seems too easy. I want them to develop skills to hunt and search for info. and not have it spoon fed. Alas, I may have fallen into the trap of making them do mere busy work...
I have found the Historical Atlas by Penguin to be an ok choice. For Y3 I purchased The New Penguin Atlas of Recent History which covers 1815-2000. It's not a pretty atlas with large images and glossy pages. It's a small paperback book, and covers the maps of Europe fairly well. Although the book is small, the maps are fairly easy to see. It does a good job of covering European History during the 1800-1900's I didn't recommend it before, because I don't know if it's better than other options or not. It might be worth checking out online to see if it's what you need. I also own the Penguin atlas for the Medieval Period which we used in Y2U1. These maps were a bit more difficult to see and we often wished they were larger. They did relate well to TOG studies and gave us what we needed. Larger maps would've been nice. It has some text too, but has a lot of maps included in the book.
For the US maps in Y3 I am using a National Geographic Historical Atlas and it's very nice. It has a lot of historical text as well as the maps, but we love reading all of the great information on topics we're covering. It reminds me a bit of the Hammond Bible Atlas for Y1 that we enjoyed using so much.
You asked if everyone just uses the teacher maps to get the answers. We always use an atlas for our maps. If we don't have a map that we need, we look it up online. If we still can't find it, we use the teacher map to help us zero in on the right area. We enjoy the geography and treat it like a treasure hunt each week. I too wish there was a great historical atlas for us to use, but we are managing just fine using a variety of resources.
I hope Martha in VA gets this... I think I hit on a good historical atlas. It came today from the library, I already checked online and after looking it over tomorrow will probably order it. It's the DK Atlas of World History: Mapping the Human Journey. A bit of the normal, evolutionary, old-earth tripe at the beginning, but not as in-depth or extensive as the Parragon Pub. one. I like the maps - they're large, and my D level son will have all the answers he needs for W2 map of Napoleonic Wars. Woo Hoo!!! Anyway, thought I'd toss this out to everyone, since I now know there is a lack of good resources in this category. It retails for $50, found it on Amazon for $18 + s/h.
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