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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 th
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Square Fish (first published 2000)
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Gundula
Aug 03, 2011 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children interested in maps, teachers doing units on maps and mapmaking
Mapping Penny's World provides an interesting, quite engaging and fun basic introduction to mapmaking and map-reading for children in elementary and early middle school grades. The concept of having children (students) produce detailed personal maps, or maps for a favourite pet (Penny the dog, in this case) is 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 m...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 04, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kathryn
Aug 17, 2011 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Dolly
Sep 07, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Cheryl
Excellent book for homeschool or classroom use - but just not all that exciting for plain old reading at home. Might work well if the child has a dog, or is planning a trip to grandmother's house, something like that.
Karol
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
Miriam
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
LauraW
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
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.
David
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.

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Sharon
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
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.
Jenny
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
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
Xiaojing(alison)
This is a very good book, telling children the basics about mapping making.
Shelley
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.
Alice
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
Chelsea Kimmey
Love this book! A must use when introducing how to use maps
Amanda Andrews
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
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...more
Michelle
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.
Christine Levinge
I would use this book to introduce a lesson on maps and map reading. It is a fun, interactive book that provides explanations of the different characteristics of a map, including the compass and legend, and how to use it. Following reading this book aloud to the class, I would do a short mini-lesson on map skills to reinforce the ideas mentioned in the book. I would then have the students do map activities that challenge them to correctly use a legend and a compass to identify key places.
Monalisa Johnson-brown
This is about a little girl named named lisa. In school the topic of the month was creating maps and she decide to go home and create her own maps. She started in the bedroom which included her dog's bed in the map. She then decide to map Penny's(her dog) hiding places, then her friend Maxine's path to her house, Penny's favorite places, and the places in the world they want to travel to. In the end they went travelling and took the map as a reminder of where they need to go.
Nicole Flores
This is such as sweet book about a little girl who decides to do her geography assignment useing her dos Penny.This book is great because it is relevant to children and it can be used to teach them about geography. I would read this book to my students and then have them do their own maps of their lives. They will learn about map features like the tittle, the legend, and even how to make it to scale (depending on the grade level). Great Book!
Datoria
(I) The is a very interactive picture book. I would use it for k-5th. I think that the concepts maybe challenging for the early grades, but I think that the book is just right for the older grade. This book explain maps, its parts and uses very well. This book would be great to integrate social studies with math, and art. The students could create their own map and calculate distances of places on the map.
Jennifer
This book would be a great read-aloud before starting a mapping unit in Social Studies. The story takes you through many different types of maps, scales and keys that can be used. I think students wouuld be able to connect the dots in mapping having been read this book. Students/teachers could also use this book to give students ideas about a mapping project. Overall, a very useful book.
Shelli
This book does a good job showing how to label a map and what the different parts of a part mean and why they are there. If there had been more information showing how to make your own map, and what type of map they were (i.e Political, Thematic, or Physical) then this book would have been a better resource for 6th graders on up who are studding cartography, maps and globes at school.
Lucia Benzor
This is a good book to use to introduce maps and why we use them. Would use it in Social Studies to show how Penny made a map of her environment, then challenge the kids to map either their classroom or their room. Also has very nice, clear illustrations. Could also be used to talk to kids about why they think it's important to map their world and the important things that maps have.
Bree Bosse
The main character creates a map of her dog, Penny's world...I think this book is decent to incorporate while teaching about maps/geography to students. I think it shows how maps are part of our everyday life and there are lots of activities you could follow this read up with to show the relevance of maps to the student's everyday lives and make social studies meaningful to them.
Ashley Wampler
This book would be a great introduction to teaching map skills or geography to students. It is about a Boston Terrier named Penny and her friends and owner. Basic map skills are explained (keys, compass roses, etc) and students are shown how to create their own maps when Penny creates a vivid map of her room, the route to her friend's house, and many more.
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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...more
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