Mapping Penny's World

Mapping Penny's World

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by Loreen Leedy
     
 

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Lisa and her dog, Penny, learn the basics of mapmaking in this delightful sequel to Measuring Penny

Lisa's class is learning how to make maps. The teacher says they can make maps of anyplace, so Lisa starts with her bedroom. She includes all the things that people will need to read the map, such as a scale and a key to the symbols she has used.

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Lisa and her dog, Penny, learn the basics of mapmaking in this delightful sequel to Measuring Penny

Lisa's class is learning how to make maps. The teacher says they can make maps of anyplace, so Lisa starts with her bedroom. She includes all the things that people will need to read the map, such as a scale and a key to the symbols she has used.

Her dog, Penny, helps with the map. This gives Lisa an idea: Why not map Penny's world? Making maps is so much fun that Lisa and Penny decide to visit some of the exotic places that they've drawn-but they won't forget to take a map along!

Now available in paperback, this engaging sequel to the bestselling Measuring Penny will delight teachers and students alike.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Leedy (Celebrate the 50 States!, 1999, etc.) has a gift for presenting concepts wrapped in stories both easily assimilated and engaging. Here, Lisa and her Boston terrier, Penny, last seen in Measuring Penny (1998), tackle maps and mapping. Mr. Jayson, Lisa's teacher, shows what's important to include in a map, with illustrations of the map key, symbols, labels, the compass rose, and the scale—each carefully explained. Lisa decides to map her bedroom, complete with all the essential parts. Then she makes a treasure map for all the things Penny has buried in the back yard. She draws a directional map to show how Penny's doggy friend Maxine takes a short cut to get to Penny's house, and Lisa uses an odometer and pedometer to map the bike and hiking trails in the park. Not to neglect Penny, she builds a three-dimensional map to show all of Penny's favorite places to fetch or to bark at squirrels. Lisa dreams of traveling with Penny to faraway places, too. Leedy's blocky forms and poster paint colors (created with digital painting and photo collage) are a fine foil for the clear text, which teaches without patronizing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805072624
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
07/02/2003
Series:
Penny Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
141,806
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 10.53(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Loreen Leedy is the author/illustrator of many children's books, including It's Probably Penny and the best-selling Measuring Penny. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she majored in art in college but wasn't sure what kind of artist she wanted to be. She started out making jewelry in the shape of pigs, cats, dragons, and other animals, and then one day she started making book characters out of her animals. She is skilled at making concepts fun and accessible to children, and often speaks at conferences and in schools throughout the United States. She lives with her husband in central Florida.

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