Montessori Map Work is the fourth and my favorite of the Montessori series of board books Abrams Appleseed began publishing in 2012. All of the books by Bobby and June George, founder of the Baan Dek Montessori School in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, are invaluable and Alyssa Nassner's crisp illustrations. As they note in their letter to parents that introduces each book in the series, the Motessori way of teaching focuses on the concrete before the abstract. Before introducing the continents and their names, we learn that the earth is round and made of land and water. Like the other books in the series, these books have textures and shapes to trace, also central teaching methods in Montessori. Best of all, and wisely, the Georges include illustrations of native animals with each country which is guaranteed to get and hold reader's attention. Best of all, the final page has a gatefold spread that shows the world with the animals in their native habitats. As with all the books in this series, the Georges evoke the elegant simplicity of the Montessori aesthetic in an appealing and accessible way.
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