Maps are visual art that communicates information to give us a sense of place. We read maps and we read books. And, in my opinion, books containing maps are the best kind of books. I’ve shared many maps this past month for the A to Z April Blog Challenge and I could easily go on for another month. Today I’m being very visual (as opposed to wordy) because the maps tell so much about the world contained in each book. There are many opinions of what makes a book considered vintage. I’m just thinking that they are old but not antiques. Let me know what you think.
The Young Australian Alphabet by Samuel and William Calvert 1871 (this one might be considered an antique)
The Land of Health by Hallock and Winslow 1922
Milly Molly Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley 1928
A Squirrel Called Rufus by Richard Church (author) and John Skeaping (illustrator) 1941
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge (author) and C. Walter Hodges (illustrator) 1946 (Carnegie Award Winner)
The Bamboo Bird by Melvin Colley 1947
The Children’s Book of London by L. G. Bullock 1948
Toby Twirl Adventures by Sheila Hodgetts (author) and E. Jeffrey (illustrator) 1949
The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Cate Coblentz 1949 (Newbery Honor Book 1950, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award 1958)
And finally, a book I would really like to own –
The Map That Came to Life by Geoffrey Cumberlege (author) and Ronald Lampit (illustrator) Oxford University Press 1948
Tells about a brother and sister who spend the summer at their uncle’s farm. They decide to walk to the country fair with a survey map as their guide. Their outing is really the setting for a lesson in map reading.
Have you read any of these books?