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Author: Hesselberth, Joyce
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780062741226
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Mapping Sam

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Sam loves to explore.
Where does she go?
And how would a mapmaker show Sam’s expedition?
When Sam’s family goes to bed at night, it is a bit of a mystery where Sam, the cat, goes at night.  Following the adventures of Sam the cat, readers learn to read maps of her journey.  This book introduces young readers to geographical thinking and mapping skills, through Sam’s adventures.  In this story book/informational book, readers will learn about geographical concepts; compass rose, scale, as well as maps of Sam, plants, pond life, water molecules, world map, solar system, constellations, buildings, and one’s local neighbourhood.  The contrast of ink blue background and the bright character, Sam, are crisply made using water-colour, acrylic paint, gouache and digital collage.
The afterward, Mapping Sam’s World provides parents/teachers or avid readers extra information about the different maps introduced in the book.  Suitable for Grades K-3 to develop geographical thinking in Social Studies. Librarians may have a difficult time deciding where to place this book –  in the picture book section or non-fiction section.

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