A is for April which means that the 2018 A to Z Blog challenge has officially begun. This year I am on the lookout for Literary Maps. I am defining literary quite loosely as I am focusing on maps in children’s books. Unfortunately, people don’t seem to be that interested in maps these days. I love maps because they are the starting point for journeys. I hope you’ll join me on this geographical/alphabetical adventure.
Atlas of Adventures A collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
by Rachel Williams (author) and Lucy Letherland (illustrator) Aurum Press 2014
When is the last time you looked at an atlas? If it’s been awhile, I suggest you take a look at the Atlas of Adventures. It is one of the most readable atlases available and definitely lives up to its subtitle. This over-sized book is divided into continents and each section shows activities and challenges in destinations around the world. Time spent reading each double page spread will get you dreaming and planning your next trip. Now, should I ride with cowboys in Northern Patagonia or go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef?
Aunty Dot’s Incredible Adventure Atlas
by Eljay Yildirim (author) and Brigitte McDonald (illustrator) Reader’s Digest 1997
Lucky Aunty Dot and Uncle Frank have won a trip around the world. They send back photos, maps, and souvenirs home with letters describing their adventures. Rich with details, this book is more of a travelogue than an atlas as it highlights sites and scenery from countries around the world. Perfect for those travelers always on the hunt for the perfect items to bring back home.
by Mem Fox (author) and Julie Viva (illustrator) Harcourt: 1983
This sweet picture book tells the story of little possum, Hush, whose Grandma Poss uses magic to make him invisible in order to keep him safe. Hush enjoys all the things he can do while invisible but eventually wants to be seen again. Unfortunately, Grandma Poss can’t remember how to make him visible but she know it has something to do with food. The two travel around Australia eating local foods until Grandma Poss’ memory is prompted and Hush appears. The book ends with a map of Australia showing their culinary journey.
Isn’t it interesting to see how a place is pictured by different cartographers/ artists?
See you tomorrow for the letter B.