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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805072624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805072624
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Lisa and her dog from Measuring Penny (Holt, 1998) are back. Since the girl's class is learning about maps, she decides to draw one of her bedroom and then makes a few for her Boston terrier. These maps show where the pet has hidden her toys and treats, the best route for a neighboring animal to take to their house, biking and hiking trails (Penny rides in the bike basket), and a 3-D map of places where the pup likes to play. Lisa explains terms such as "key," "scale," and "symbol," and introduces tools such as pedometers and odometers. The concepts are clear, and the digital-painting and photo-collage illustrations are uncluttered and ably clarify the text. However, one illustration of Penny looking through a fish tank superimposed on a picture of Lisa's room might be confusing to some young readers. While the animal seems less a fully realized pet than a device for introducing maps, readers will enjoy traveling with this duo and learn much in the process. Libraries will welcome this as a complement to other books that introduce spatial concepts such as Gail Hartman's As the Crow Flies (Aladdin, 1993) and Joan Sweeney's Me on the Map (Crown, 1996).
Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Lisa and her pet boxer, Penny, familiar to many youngsters from Measuring Penny (1998) return, this time discovering maps. After learning in school about maps and their parts--the key and symbols, labels, scale, and more--Lisa applies her newfound mapmaking skills to Penny's world. She makes maps of her room (which Penny shares), her yard (full of Penny's hiding places), the neighborhood (and the routes Penny's dog friends use when they visit), and the local park. As Lisa creates her maps, she explains their function and the tools she uses, such as a pedometer. She also includes a three-dimensional, clay-and-cardboard map and many drawings. Young readers will enjoy both Leedy's cheerful pictures and the narrative about Lisa and her engaging dog as they explore a familiar world from an unfamiliar perspective. Great for inspiring children to map their own world, putting a ruler to everything in sight. Catherine Andronik
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I've been writing and illustrating picture books for children for over twenty-five years. Though I majored in art in college, at the time I wasn't sure what kind of artist to be. Fortunately, it turned out that combining words and art to create picture books was a perfect career for me. Most of my books center around a particular topic such as fractions, the solar system, writing, and other math, science, and language arts curriculum content. The characters and story lines help to put the subject matter into a meaningful context for young readers.

After growing up mostly in Delaware, I moved to central Florida in the mid 1980s and currently live with my husband Andy on a three acre property with hawks, herons, and horses (the horses live next door.) We love the rustle of the pine needles in the breeze, the screeching of sandhill cranes flying overhead, and the chattering of many small birds that come and go as they please.

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Would recommend to others seeking to spark interest in their children.
Joseph Provenzano
The book provides rich vocabulary and mind-blowing illustrations throughout each map Lisa designs.
C. Neubecker
This book is a wonderful, colorful book that is very well written and is a great plot line.
Melissa Sack

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blue Roses on August 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book follows the path of a dog and the maps made of her neighborhood. These maps are very simple and easy to follow. They are straight forward and amazingly uncluttered. The legends help to show why they are so important in map-making. This is a wonderful guide to introduce children to maps and also to use as an "template" for creating your own maps.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful, colorful book that is very well written and is a great plot line.

Lisa's class at school is learning all about maps and how to use them. As a project Penny has to make a map of her own. Lisa maps out her world and the world of her dog Penny. Children are introduced to terms such as map title, key, symbols, compass rose and scale.

What did you like or not like about the book?

The pictures featuring the main character Lisa and her dog Penny are colorful and entertaining.

I would recommend this book to parents and teacher to share with children in grade 2-4. It's very useful tool in teaching basic geography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo2theD on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
The illustrations are so-so. I'm not the only one who thought Penny was a cat before actually reading that she is a Boston Terrier.

While the subject and idea of the book are needed in today's classroom and creatively approached, the storyline proves to be choppy, lacking flow and energy.
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Was as described but I wish the description would have included the fact that it was a library book. Then I would have known what kind of markings were going to be in it. I would have still wanted it, but just been prepared
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By Whitney McCall on March 17, 2014
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Purchased this book for a college early childhood social studies class. Great book with great material. I will use this in my classroom!
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By J. McKenzie on December 28, 2013
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Gave this to granddaughter along with Measuring Penny because she is also interested in "where things are" in her neighborhood.
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Used this to help expose children to maps, well written and well illustrated. Would recommend to others seeking to spark interest in their children.
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