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Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy
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Aug 19, 11

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Read in August, 2011

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 like a project whipped up on a computer to meet a deadline, not as if the author really cared about writing for children.
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