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Mapping Penny's world
Leedy, Loreen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
After learning about maps in school, Lisa maps all the favorite places of her dog Penny.
Reading Level:
AD 640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 45147.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 26754 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Penny likes to hide her toys and other stuff in the yard . . . . Maybe I'll make a map of Penny's hideouts."

Lisa's class is learning how to make maps. The teacher says they can make maps of anyplace, so Lisa starts with her bedroom. She includes all the things that people will need to read the map, such as a scale and a key to the symbols she has used. Her dog, Penny, helps with the map. This gives Lisa an idea. Why not map Penny's world? Making maps is so much fun that Lisa and Penny decide to visit some of the exotic places that they've drawn-but they won't forget to take a map along!

This engaging sequel to the best-selling Measuring Penny will delight teachers and students alike.

Author Notes

Loren Leedy is a children's author and illustrator. She was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1959, and majored in art in college. She began making clay jewelry and chess sets out of whimsical animals, and eventually turned them into book characters. Her first published work was A Number of Dragons, in 1985. She has written and illustrated nearly 40 books since then. Her titles include: Missing Math: a Number Mystery, My Teacher is a Dinosaur, Seeing Symmetry, The Shocking Truth about Energy, Crazy Like a Fox: a Simile Story, Fraction Action, Blast off to Earth, and Postcards from Pluto.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Lisa and her pet boxer, Penny, familiar to many youngsters from Measuring Penny (1998) return, this time discovering maps. After learning in school about maps and their parts--the key and symbols, labels, scale, and more--Lisa applies her newfound mapmaking skills to Penny's world. She makes maps of her room (which Penny shares), her yard (full of Penny's hiding places), the neighborhood (and the routes Penny's dog friends use when they visit), and the local park. As Lisa creates her maps, she explains their function and the tools she uses, such as a pedometer. She also includes a three-dimensional, clay-and-cardboard map and many drawings. Young readers will enjoy both Leedy's cheerful pictures and the narrative about Lisa and her engaging dog as they explore a familiar world from an unfamiliar perspective. Great for inspiring children to map their own world, putting a ruler to everything in sight. --Catherine Andronik

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Lisa and her dog from Measuring Penny (Holt, 1998) are back. Since the girl's class is learning about maps, she decides to draw one of her bedroom and then makes a few for her Boston terrier. These maps show where the pet has hidden her toys and treats, the best route for a neighboring animal to take to their house, biking and hiking trails (Penny rides in the bike basket), and a 3-D map of places where the pup likes to play. Lisa explains terms such as "key," "scale," and "symbol," and introduces tools such as pedometers and odometers. The concepts are clear, and the digital-painting and photo-collage illustrations are uncluttered and ably clarify the text. However, one illustration of Penny looking through a fish tank superimposed on a picture of Lisa's room might be confusing to some young readers. While the animal seems less a fully realized pet than a device for introducing maps, readers will enjoy traveling with this duo and learn much in the process. Libraries will welcome this as a complement to other books that introduce spatial concepts such as Gail Hartman's As the Crow Flies (Aladdin, 1993) and Joan Sweeney's Me on the Map (Crown, 1996).-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.