Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Travel the World: How I Learned Geography

Shulevitz, Uri. 2008. How I Learned Geography. FSG. Review by Becky Laney.

"In this story, based on his childhood memories of World War II, Uri Shulevitz tells how a map and his imagination took him far away from his hunger and misery."

How I Learned Geography is the story of a little boy who finds the world at the tip of his fingertips when his father brings home a map instead of bread to nourish his family. With money being so scarce, and the demand for food being so great, he doesn't have enough to satisfy his family's needs. Hunger is a part of their life, unfortunately. But this young boy soon realizes that though they may have many needs, this map of the world can and does feed his soul and give him hope for a better tomorrow.

The author's note explains it all in greater detail. This would be a picture book for older kids especially.

The illustrations are wonderful.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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