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Lucy in the City: A Story about Devleloping Spatial Thinking Skills

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Lucy in the City is about a young raccoon who gets separated from her family one night and has to find her way home. At its heart, the story focuses on developing spatial thinking, understanding the world around us, and using concepts of space for problem-solving.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 17th 2015 by Magination Press American Psychological Association
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Carol Doeringer
Dec 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When Lucy, a young raccoon, gets separated from her family in the city, she asks an owl for help finding her way home. The owl gives directions, such as ‘go one block east and three blocks north.’ The art mirrors those directions, showing a map for each step in Lucy’s journey—an owl’s-eye-view of the city streets where Lucy is lost. The book is published by Magination Press, the children’s imprint of the American Psychological Association. Subtitled A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skil ...more
Kathleen Meacham
This book is very well done -- the story implements different types of spatial thinking skills seamlessly. After the story, there is a large informational section for parents/caregivers, etc., along with activities. I found this to be a great book for both kids and parents. I personally learned some interesting things.
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: math, picture-books
Eh. I didn't think it did much as a story or really needed much spatial skills to actually read/understand it.

It does lend itself to spatial work WITH the story, but it's not necessary.
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Nicole
So many great resources after the story - lengthy note, activities, suggested vocabulary searches, maze, color sheet, questions, and more.
Jaidab
Mar 08, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 cute illustrations. Decent story.
Christine Turner
"An distracted young raccoon gets separated from her family one night. She discovers she can retrace her steps using smells, sights, and sounds, plus help from an owl's birds'-eye view (which looks like a map). Focuses on developing spatial thinking, understanding the world around us, and using concepts of space for problem solving"-- Provided by publisher.

Subject:
Space perception -- Fiction.
Raccoon -- Fiction.

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Sandy Brehl
One of a certain class of picture books with stories written by knowledgeable professionals to create illustrative and memorable stories demonstrating a life skill or character trait.
For its category (intentionally instructive) it is well-done and develops and story kids will remember.
Steph
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great for lessons teaching about directions & spatial thinking skills.
Jasmine
Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Carrie Charley Brown
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great segue into a cardinal directions lesson! And with the emotional tie-in of Lucy being lost, the reader will keep turning the pages.
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