Leslie Pelch, VCGI (with help from Jonathan Frishtick!)
Churchill Globe – mentioned at GIS Lounge (see below)
Here are some resources for those seeking unique gifts for lovers of maps and geography:
“If you’re trying to figure out the ideal gift for the GISer or geographer on your list, check out these great ideas for your Christmas and holiday gift shopping. This list will be updated as new deals and unique geography themed gifts are discovered for the 2011 season.” http://gislounge.com/gifts-for-geographers-and-gis/
Scrambled States of America Puzzle and Book – Read the book, then do the puzzle! In the hilarious illustrated paperback story The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller, you’ll learn all about how the 50 States were bored and tired of staying in their same spots all the time. So they threw a party, and decided to trade places.
“As soon as early humans began to scratch images on cave walls, they began to create maps. And while these first drawings were used to find hunting grounds or avoid danger, they later developed into far more complex navigational tools. Charting the World tells the fascinating history of maps and mapmaking, navigators and explorers, and the ways that technology has enhanced our ability to understand the world around us. Richly illustrated with full-color maps and diagrams, it gives children an in-depth appreciation of geographical concepts and principles and shows them how to unlock the wealth of information maps contain. It also features 21 hands-on activities for readers to put their new skills to the test.”
Even better, a list of cool map-related books at Amazon. The list author says: “I love reading maps created for literary worlds. I also enjoy reading books that are illustrated with maps (like Barbara Hodgson’s novels) and any books with unusual map trivia.”