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Follow That Map!

A First Book of Mapping Skills

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2009
Adventure & Adventurers, Travel
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2009
    List Price

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Maps are about far more than getting from a to b. Maps can help children understand and explore both their everyday environment and faraway places. With an appealing search-and-find technique, Follow That Map! is an interactive picture book that explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts. Kids will enjoy following Sally and her friends as they search for Max and Ollie, a mischievous dog and cat on the lam from the backyard. Sally and friends take an imaginative trip through the neighborhood, city and country, around the world and beyond.

Kids can join in the search for Max and Ollie, who are hiding somewhere in every map. An activity at the end of the book shows children how to make a map of their bedroom.

About the author


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



Scot Ritchie's profile page


  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, NCSS-CBC

Editorial Reviews

The bright, easy-to-follow illustrations do an excellent job of highlighting all the major concepts ...

Quill & Quire

With an appealing search-and-find technique, an interactive picture book explains and demonstrates key mapping concepts.

Books for Growing Minds

... funny (the cartoon characters look after that) and useful book about maps and mapping for beginners.

The Globe and Mail

Librarian Reviews

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills

What fun this book is! Author and illustrator Scot Ritchie has created a lively adventure featuring five friends – Yulee, Pedro, Nick, Sally and Martin – who go on a round-the-world hunt for Sally’s missing dog, Max, and cat, Ollie. We follow them as they search their neighbourhood, the park, the city, out in the country, off to a secret island, up a mountain, around the world and into outer space. At each stop, we follow their journey on a map, learning about all the features of a map in the process.

Each adventure focuses on one feature – legends, roads, directional symbols, the scale bar. The author also includes a topographical map and explains in simple terms how to look at a flat map of the earth. There are directions for creating a map of your bedroom, always a good way to start figuring out how a map works.

Ritchie illustrated Eenie Meenie Manitoba and See Saw Saskatchewan and his drawings here have that same sweet and lively quality. He has successfully explained the basic concepts in a child-friendly format, mainly through the pictures. The text is minimal; it is really the pictures that do the teaching. Setting it in the context of a narrative definitely adds to the appeal of the book and keeps the reader turning the pages.

And what of Max and Ollie? They appear on every page, out of sight of the children but obvious to the attentive reader; we find them happily dozing under a tree when the fearless five arrive home in time for supper.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2009. Vol.32 No.2.

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills

Calling all budding cartographers! Join five pals as they embark on an adventure to find a missing kitty and pooch. Using maps, they travel in their neighbourhood and beyond. Kids learn the basic parts of a map, how to read different maps, important mapping concepts, and how to create a map of their own room. An index is included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

Other titles by Scot Ritchie