My Map Book


We read My Map Book by Sara Fanelli on the recommendation Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning. (By the way, Playful Learning is still an awesome book).

My Map Book  is a brightly illustrated book of maps--of some unusual places. There are maps of tummies and of the day and of the neighborhood. It's a charming, whimsical book that captivated my little girls. 

Nicholas was so bothered by pictures of maps that were distorted. He kind of lost it when the toothbrush was bigger than the school. Nothing was to scale enough to suit Nick. So, I showed him how to draw to scale on centimeter graph paper. And then I sent him up to his room to draw a to-scale map of his own bedroom. Patrick went along to help.

The girls stayed at the table with me and drew maps of their hearts. I wish I had a picture of those finished maps. Alas, I don't. But the girls really enjoyed the project and they'd like to make slightly smaller pictures and collect them into their own map books.

You can read more about the heart-mapping project at the home of Playful Learning. There are some darling pictures of heart maps there, too.

And that's all for today!

For a detailed explanation of our Storybook Year and a long list of ways to talk about books, click here.


Photos provided graciously by Evelyn Hockstein for The New York Times