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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; 1st American ed edition (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060264551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060264550
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In non-narrative form, Fanelli (Button) challenges the concept of "map" as she earnestly demonstrates that places aren't the only things that can be charted. Exploring everyday aspects of a child's world, the author mixes the expected, such as "Map of My Neighborhood," with more conceptual subjects: "Map of My Family," "Map of My Day," "Map of My Heart" and even "Map of My Dog." In some ways, the volume resembles a kit: the dust jacket unfolds, revealing a poster of the contents, and empty areas on most spreads encourage readers to personalize the book (on "Map of My Tummy," space is reserved under the heading "my favorite foods"). Fanelli's abstract, mixed-media art includes heavy, blended oil pastels, waxy crayon lettering and snippings from printed matter. Fields of rich color and easygoing disregard of perspective make the work seem approachable and sophisticated at the same time. Ultimately, Fanelli frames a sort of Everychild existence, and although she suggests that her mapmaker is a specific character (with, for example, a sister and a pet dog), she welcomes outsiders' interactions-and possible contradictions. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A truly unusual offering. There is no story, per se; the book consists of a series of naive, mixed-media, double-page maps that tell a great deal about a child's internal and external life. Fanelli starts with a treasure map, but quickly moves to more familiar territory with "My Bedroom" and "My Family." Activities of a typical day?breakfast, school, lunch, playground, home, supper, story time, and dreams?are divided by broadly painted bands of color. The map of "My Neighborhood" is perhaps the most straightforward, showing home in relation to school, the river, and the playground. Others range from "My Heart" (the child's parents are there, as well as sunny days and chocolate) to "My Face" and "My Dog." The cover unfolds to a poster-sized map with a list of items to find and questions to answer. The other side provides a canvas for "My Own Map," inviting readers to take off on personal explorations. An imaginative, child-centered title that should be examined and enjoyed, and one that will also make a wonderful springboard for teachers introducing the concepts of mapping or autobiography.?Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Spandel (vicki_spandel@hmco.com) on October 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This amazing and irresistable book shows that maps are conceptual and visual organizers--and that they enable us to organize so much more than geographic space. Through the imagination of this remarkable young writer, we see how mapping can be used to teach young reader/writers the very concept of mapping--or of organizing ideas. Sara maps her favorite and dearest people and treasures--in the map of her heart. She maps her day, in thinking how we spend our time. She maps her stomach--what she loves to eat, and what's in there to please mom. These and other maps in the collection provide a wonderfully creative leaping off point for writing activities that involve mapping--activities even the youngest writers can handle. Everyone can map his/her face, desk, room, or day. Labels and written text can be used to enrich the writing, but they're not essential. It's easy to use and it's stimulating, too. This book should be in the classroom of every teacher K-5. Students LOVE it (so do adults), and the wealth of engaging writing activities it suggests makes it an excellent investment. How often do children get to see books written by other children? We can only hope Sara will write more! I recommend this book to every teacher and parent I talk or work with.
Vicki Spandel Director, Write Traits Portland, Oregon
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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This is a marvelous book that inspires creative map makers in the classroom. Students love to share what their hearts would hold in them if they were drawn out as a map. Sarah's map of her dog is so fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessie C on November 6, 2006
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I'm a third grade teacher and I used this book in my mapping unit. It shows children that there are different kinds of maps (besides the usual kinds). The book includes maps of: the heart, a child's bedroom, the dog, and other items you would not have imagined!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Rivera on February 28, 2008
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This book is fabulous! I am a kindergarten teacher and I went to a conference where the instructor mentioned this book and an activity that went along with it. My K-5 kids enjoyed the book (especially Boo-Boo) a great deal and produced wonderful maps of their hearts! It was a really special way to see what was in each of their hearts and what they found important.
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Spending time with kids who are learning to journal or keep writing notebooks - this story helps kids grasp the idea of "my life map stories"! A little "busy" on all pages, but gives a lot to talk about and creates good discussions on each of our own life's maps and stories, allowing for retelling in a journal or notebook!
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By N/A on January 10, 2014
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This is a great intergenerational group book for grandparents and child. It could easily be adapted for a family night or a series of family functions. Teachers should have this book on their desk and use it for reference of things they do in school so that the children could weigh in on it in a concrete way. This is the best book ever!
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