X MArks the spot X Marks the Spot: Mapping the World
by Margaret Hall

(Reading level: Ages 9-12)

This book traces the history of cartography, map-making, from thousands of years ago with a photo of a clay map, to modern times, discussing GPS units.  Maps have been and still are important to travelers, traders and explorers. Navigation tools, like compasses, sextants, chronometers were also described.

It was really interesting and I actually learned a lot. For example, I didn’t know that Ptolemy was a.) a cartographer or b.) the first to put north at the top of the map. I didn’t realize that the first aerial photographs used by mapmakers were taken from hot air balloons, even though it makes sense. The history is told simply with important words in bold and defined in a glossary. The photos of maps through the ages are fascinating. I also like the list at the back of books to read to learn more. This is a great book for middle grade kids who enjoy non-fiction.

My copy was borrowed from the library and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon Associate.