How I Learned Geography

How I Learned Geography

Book - 2009
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Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

The award-winning artist's most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination. An author's note includes a brief description of his family's experience, two of his early drawings, and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time.
How I Learned Geography is a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Publisher: London : Andersen Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780374334994
Branch Call Number: J PIC


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vpl_childrens Dec 09, 2015

A young boy and his parents flee their troubled homeland for the relative safety of a refugee camp in a neighbouring country. Food is scarce and his father makes the unexpected decision to buy a map instead of bread one day. However, the boy becomes fascinated with the giant map and spends long hours imagining himself in other places across the globe. This story is inspired by the author's own childhood during World War II when he and his family had to flee Poland.

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