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How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
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Mar 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books
Recommended for: K and up
Read in March, 2009

Here is another picture book biography, sure to be compared to The Wall by Peter Sis. But this one is simpler. When Uri is only 4 or 5, his family leaves war-torn Warsaw to move to Turkestan (now Kazakhstan), where they live with very little money or food. In fact, one day his father goes out to buy bread, but instead buys a map. Though the family goes to bed hungry that night, "our cheerless room was flooded with color." The map sparks many imagined adventures for Uri, and offers him an escape from hunger and misery. I was really intrigued by the idea that hope was more important than food.

Includes an Author's Note with two drawings he did as a child.
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