Henry's Map

Henry's Map

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A fun-filled introduction to maps through the eyes of an adorable pig

Henry is a very particular sort of pig. "A place for everything and everything in its place," he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess! Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong. And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed.

For fans of Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth or of Winnie the Pooh, this sweet romp through the farm is adorably illustrated by David Elliot, who created the endearing animals who inhabit Brian Jacques world of Redwall . Perfect for pre-schoolers and elemetary-schoolers learning to read maps for the first time.
Praise for Henry's Map :

*** "With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons." -- School Library Journal *** (starred)

*** "Here's hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures." -- Kirkus Reviews *** (starred)

"Elliot's barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story." -- Publisher's Weekly

"This story may even inspire budding cartographers to map their own world." -- Booklist
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Philomel Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780399160721
Branch Call Number: E ELL
Characteristics: [34] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm

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kimrae Apr 24, 2014

A very cute book, about a very organized pig. Illustrations are wonderful.

forbesrachel Sep 07, 2013

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a sty is a mess, and pigs are seen as messy, but this pig is different. Henry likes order, and to keep things ordered, and help others know the place of things, he draws maps. The maps are given close-ups to the side of the main illustrations and are done in a doodle style, after all pigs have no thumbs. As Henry draws his map of where the animals live, the animals follow him, thereby making the map already obsolete. When the animals realize they themselves are missing, they rush back. The idea is that everything has its place, which is true in itself, everyone does have a place that is right for them to be, but the story takes it to the extreme. In Henry's mind that is the only place each creature should be, rather than like a home base.
The style is cheerfully done in watercolours, which nicely represent the simple farm and its animals.

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