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How I Learned Geography

by Uri Shulevitz

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...

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.

Hardcover - 32 pages - $17.99
ISBN: 0374334994 (ISBN13: 9780374334994)
Published Apr 1, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

why I requested this book

It would allow students to read a fictional story as they realize geography is important.

It would allow students to read a fictional story as they realize geography is important.

the class

I am a language arts/social studies teacher for our school's fourth graders (65 students this year). Our school is in a low socio-economic area with about 79%...

I am a language arts/social studies teacher for our school's fourth graders (65 students this year). Our school is in a low socio-economic area with about 79% free or assisted lunch services.

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