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Mapping Penny's World

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  395 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
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 t
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Square Fish (first published 2000)
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Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in maps, teachers doing units on maps and mapmaking
The concept of having children (students) produce detailed personal maps, or maps for a favourite pet (Penny the dog, in this case) is rather ingenious, and the illustrations are bright and cheerful (using a book like Mapping Penny's World with a child, or a group of children, either at home, or at school, would likely not only make maps, map-reading and map-making fun and and diverting, I believe it would also make the latter more personally significant, and not some vague, confusing idea with ...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 04, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for teaching about various kinds of maps & kids who like maps &/or dogs
This is the last/sixth book of the month book I read for August’s geography & maps theme for the Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group. I’ve been reading the books, although in the last few months I’ve neglected to participate in the discussions, although I hope to get back to those soon because they’ve been very enjoyable each month.

I was completely underwhelmed by the illustrations in this book, except that I did like the maps and their variety. I do love maps in books, all kind
Aug 17, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young children learning to study maps
I consider this primarily an informational book on map-making. I appreciate that different types of maps are included, along with some instructions on how to make them, scale, symbols, etc. However, I wasn't really a fan. The cover art didn't appeal to me at all and I'm afraid I didn't change my mind for the rest of the book in terms of the artistry, though the illustrations do clearly show maps and that is the main point here. The text is informational and, I though, a tad dry but it was a nice ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting book that introduces the concept of mapping, whether it be on a room-size scale or a map of the world. The illustrations are colorful and detailed and show how children can easily adapt the techniques shown to create their own maps. This book was featured as one of the selections for the August 2011 Maps and Geography themed books for the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads. We enjoyed reading this book together and I enjoyed sharing with our ...more
Betty Ortega
Sep 22, 2016 Betty Ortega rated it it was amazing
* Book Summary
This book introduces the concept of mapping, by mapping different places where Penny likes to do activities the book introduces a room-size scale and a map of the world.

None : Author has won ALA Notable Book, Science Books and Films finalist,

* Grade Level/ Interest level
3rd-4th Grade

* Appropriate Classroom Use
read before geography unit

*Student Who Might Benefit From Reading
All students

* Small Group Use
I would assign students a different type of map to draw and give
Klaudia Maniakowska
Apr 28, 2015 Klaudia Maniakowska rated it it was amazing
“Mapping Penny’s World” is a concept book for older children, which through a gripping story of Lisa and her boston terrier presents the concept of a map. The book introduces such terms as scale, map key, and giving directions. The readers can find there a few maps, for example the map of Lisa’s house, the map of a park, or the map of Penny’s favorite places. As a result, the book offers an opportunity to became a part of the story. Basically saying, the readers indirectly learn how to use a map ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Karol rated it it was amazing
What are maps used for? How do you make one? This book is a great tool for teaching kids about making and interpreting maps. I learned on typical things like a state map, or map of the US. But this book brings it home - literally. The child in the story drew maps of her bedroom, neighborhood, etc. that other children reading the story would be able to relate to. Including her pet dog, Penny, in the story added a touch of humor - especially when she mapped Penny's favorite hiding places and the v ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture
This little book about a girl doing a map project for school reminds me of those designed-for-classroom-use readers we had in elementary school -- only it doesn't seem to really teach much except maybe how to use a ruler, and surely that could be conveyed pretty easily without a story. The illustrative style and prose both came across as stilted. Do little kids use the word "goodies" to describe things their dogs bury? The narrator's voice never sounded real to me. The whole book looked and felt ...more
Cierra Garrison
May 09, 2015 Cierra Garrison rated it really liked it
Personal reaction: I originally picked up this book because of the cover art. I love Boston Terriers and you just don’t see them pop up in daily life often. Informational books never really interest me, but I honestly thought Mapping Penny’s World was super cute and interesting! It managed to go very in depth about everything that goes into map making, while still managing to read like a story rather than informational text. I personally loved that at the beginning the empty map of the world was ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carolinee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book is adorable! I like the story itself and the way it is presented. In “Mapping Penny’s World”, as the title suggests, the story is conveyed by maps and a legend which helps the reader to understand the story. There is also text and other illustrations presenting the main character and her dog.The main character Lisa creates maps of the surrounding environment and presents different places which are vital for her e.g. her bedroom and garden. She is accompanied by the titular dog, ...more
Aug 05, 2011 LauraW rated it liked it
This book would make a useful addition to a classroom, especially if the curriculum includes map study. It is especially effective to start with very local maps, e.g., the bedroom, and then expand gradually to larger maps. I would have found it more useful for older children, if it had included more complicated and subject specific maps, but that it probably because I usually target a bit older students.
Crystal Marcos
Aug 18, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
A good teaching tool about maps. How to use them and create them. A story of the little girl learning all about maps.Penny is the little girl's dog. My daughter did have fun finding objects on the maps. However, I was a little less enthusiastic about the book. I didn't fall in love with the illustrations, but I did think they were quite colorful.
Aug 14, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy shows how Lisa and her dog, Penny, learn the basics of mapmaking, in a sequel to Measuring Penny. Lisa's class is learning how to make maps and her teacher says they can make maps of anyplace. Lisa starts with her bedroom, including all the things that people will need to read the map, and Penny helps. So Lisa decides to map Penny's world. Lisa and Penny decide to visit some of the exotic places that they've drawn, after remembering to take a map along.

Apr 28, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it
This book does a great job explaining what maps are. There are several great examples of maps such as the one on the board in the classroom, the one at home of her room, the one of Penny's treasure map, and a route to their house. I think this book would be great for my students. After reading this book they would be more informed of maps and how to create a very detailed map. I would read this book to them before we had to make a map of some kind.
Sep 01, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
This book is absolutely adorable. I especially love the beautiful illustrations and the humor behind each line of each page of this story such "Penny if you hide my doll, you'll be in big trouble." Essentially, Penny is assigned by her teacher to create a map. He explains the key things to include on a map such as the title, symbols, key, scale, compass rose, and labels. Penny decides to make a map of her bedroom at home. The book explains that maps are good for giving directions and Penny provi ...more
Kate Werner
Jun 25, 2014 Kate Werner rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, geography, maps
Lisa is learning all about maps in school. When she is given the assignment to go home and map a space of her own, she begins with her bedroom. Eventually, she gets the idea to map the world of Penny, her dog. Through this adventure, Lisa and Penny learn all about drawing maps, and including all the map reading necessities.

This book can be used to talk about geography, map making, scale, etc.
Apr 28, 2015 Marta rated it really liked it
I looked at this book with sentiment and nostalgia. As a child, I used to meticulously devise similar maps myself and it was a wonderful exercise for imagination and skill. This is an entertaining book that, in all likelihood, will induce an unexpected interest in maps in every child. Expect to see your children exploring the house like professional discoverers.
Dec 09, 2014 Kelsey added it
Shelves: book-log
This book would be benificial to teaching children about the concept of maps. This book can be used as mentor text to show children hoe to create a map and the different types of maps. After reading this book to my students I would have them use the book and create a map of their own.
Aug 16, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
I've read Measuring Penny to my class for several years, so I was excited to see that there is another book about Penny...Mapping Penny's World. It's a great introduction into how to create a map of your (or your dog's) world. I can see how this could easily be used in the classroom. My daughter that just barely turned 3 asked me to read this over and over again. I'm sure she didn't really get the map concepts, but she loved reading about Penny...and finding where Penny hid bones, shoes and sock ...more
Katherine Fountain
Jan 30, 2012 Katherine Fountain rated it liked it
Shelves: math, animals
This book is the sequel to Measuring Penny which I loved dearly. This book deals with mapmaking in fun ways that would be relatable to a young child. Symbols, keys, and how to make a map are all included. Instead of a typical map of a state or area, this book talks about how you can make a map out of your room, backyard, or a park that you enjoy visiting. Penny (a cute dog) becomes the tool of map making by creating a map to show Penny's trail around the backyard. The main character uses countin ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
Very good! Educationally sound (especially for me-- who has no sense of direction at all)!
Sep 16, 2014 Xiaojing(alison) rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This is a very good book, telling children the basics about mapping making.
Jun 30, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This is a good book for a unit on maps. We read it and then drew some maps of our backyard or the neighborhood. But some of the maps get intense, so pick and choose what to do for each age range, but the idea of it is great to work with.
Dec 09, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This is a 4 1/2 star for me and what is REALLY SAD is I probably would have never picked up this book, but Loreen Leedy is a presenter at a conference I am attending Sept 2013 and I wanted to be familiar with her work. I am a map geek!! I love maps. I have lots around my house, I collect atlas and road maps! I want to go back and look at these maps. I love the pictures..I am gushing and should probably give it a 5 but I am trying to be conservative with my 5 but I love it!! I want to go back and ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Wonderful picture book about teaching kids how to make and read maps
Chelsea Kimmey
Apr 25, 2014 Chelsea Kimmey rated it it was amazing
Love this book! A must use when introducing how to use maps
Brianna Crall
Dec 01, 2014 Brianna Crall rated it really liked it
A good way to introduce maps to children.
Amanda Andrews
Apr 03, 2011 Amanda Andrews rated it liked it
Shelves: social-studies
This is a great picture book to introduce the concept of mapping to children. It can tie in geography and literature. It gives examples of maps that students can relate to more than many maps they see, like world maps that are hard for them to understand. This books talks about making maps of your room, school, park, etc. It could be fun for students to make maps of an area they are familiar with. While they do this you can bring in many map concepts such as compass roses, drawing things to scal ...more
Callie Neubecker
Jul 07, 2009 Callie Neubecker rated it it was amazing
A must read for young mappers
Loreen Leedy led us into the discovery of maps through kid-friendly examples of everyday locations. Maps used throughout the book provide universal symbols as well as content vocabulary. Learning about mapping through the eyes of a young girl Lisa and her dog Penny, the reader will experience the progression of map reading. Starting in her bedroom, moving to the community, and then to the world, Lisa and Penny show the reader their world through her unique personal v
Apr 01, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: literacy-class
The book is the same concept and style of Measuring Penny. Penny's teacher gives her the assignment of mapping something. She makes several different types of maps throughout the book. Terms such as the key, symbols, and directions are introduced. Ideas on how maps are helpful in different situations are also discussed. Mapping Penny's World in my opinion was alot more realistic than Measuring Penny. Every idea was clearly presented and children could replicate the map mapping at home.
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Loreen Leedy is the author and illustrator of over 40 picture books with math, science, language arts, and other curriculum content. Her books showcase information in a kid-friendly format, often with characters and entertaining stories.

Honors and awards for her books include: ALA Notable Book, Science Books and Films finalist, Reading Rainbow feature book, Chicago Library Best of the Best, many S
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