Thursday, October 30, 2008

How I Learned Geography

by Uri Shulevitz

Uri Shulevitz' name is all over the Caldecott records! Will this book add to his list?

Displaced by war from Poland to Turkestan (now Kazakhstan), Uri's family endured poverty and hunger. One day his father brought home from the market not bread, but a world map! Initially frustrated, Uri came to appreciate how the map and his imagination sustained him during those difficult times.

The art in this book is a little mutable--it contains both simple sketches with muted colors and colorful collage, small contained panels and two-page spreads. The author's note includes the only surviving photo of the author at that age, a mpa he drew as a child, and a sketch he drew as a teen.

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