How I Learned Geography
by Uri Shulevitz


A boy and his family are living in poverty so when his father brings home a map instead of supper, he's angry. As he studies the map, he's transported to exotic places, eventually realizing that the map feeds him in a way bread never could.

We agree with the New York Times, who called this book "a masterpiece!" Shulevitz uses watercolors and ink to create his folk-style illustrations, and many illustrations incorporate fun collage elements.

And if you like this title, be sure to check out Uri Shulevitz's other Caldecott Award Winners Snow and Treasure.

This book has so much to offer in addition to the charming illustrations. Teachers and homeschoolers can use this book in many different lessons, incl:
     -great for early lessons on geography and maps
     -this true story is a fun example of autobiography (details on the author's   
            childhood included)

     -teaches the power of the imagination!!!!
     -covers war and refugees from the POV of a child


Awards and Rating
     * Caldecott Honor -- 2009
     * American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2009
     * Nat'l Council of Social Studies Notable Social Studies Children's Book 2009
     * School Library Journal Best Children's Books
     * Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books
     * Booklist Best Children's Books of 2009
     * Parents Choice Best Books List

Reading Levels
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5       
Lexile Measure:  660L       Grade Level Equiv: 3.8


Peek Inside
Below are sample illustrations from inside How I Learned Geography:



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If you like this book, check out the other great children's books by Uri Shulevitz.  Some of them are shown below. Click for more details.


This book won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children's books. Check out our list of all the books that have won the Caldecott Award.