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How I Learned Geography Free download Ï 2 ¾ Having fled from war in their troubled homeland a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country Food is scarce so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper at first the boy is furious But when the map is hung on the wall it floods their cheerless room witStudies its every detail he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never couldThe award winning artist's most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustra. Your story is your own and when you choose to share it with the world you may find it hard to stop There is no subject you are better familiar with of course Human beings can write diaries with a lifetime’s worth of memories They can pen autobiographies that go from cradle to near grave and still find enough information for a couple thousand pages Maybe that’s why I have so much respect for the picture book autobiography Particularly when it's not even a look at an entire life but a snatched moment in a person’s youth that made them who they are today Look back on your own life If you had to synthesize it down to the one moment that defined who you are right now what would it be For Caldecott Award winner Uri Shulevitz it all comes down to a map And so with brevity and wit and a feel for what makes a picture book worth reading Mr Shulevitz recounts a time of trial from his life that is touching in its seeming simplicity When young Uri Shulevitz fled Moscow with his family to the relative safety and security of then Turkestan now Kazakhstan they had little money and littler food One day the boy’s father goes out to buy bread but when he comes home it is not with anything edible but with a map Uri is furious at this dad and has to put up with his neighbors noisily smacking their lips as they devour their own miniscule dinner Yet when Uri’s father hangs the map on their wall it offers the boy unexpected joys Through its presence he goes round the world exploring everything from cold mountain peaks to the thrill of beautiful temples The map offers the boy escape from his hard life and perhaps helps to set him on his way as an artist and illustrator An Author’s Note explains about Uri’s life with a photograph and two drawing samples one from age ten and one from thirteen My co worker Rebecca made a remarkable point about this book She recounted to me a story in which a person referred to himself as poor His mother was uick to correct him saying that they weren’t “poor” they were just broke If you are broke you’re simply going to bad times but if you’re poor then that’s a state of mind from which you can never escape As Rebecca puts it the moment Uri’s father bought that map instead of bread he made a conscious choice to be broke Not poor Many of us will recognize Mr Shulevitz’s work because of his remarkable Caldecott Honor winning book Snow That was a book of cold blues and an almost Maurice Sendakian feel for children’s playfulness How I Learned Geography replicates that playfulness but the art is where Shulevitz does what may well be his best work The watercolors in this book run the gamut from the blood red overtones of a Warsaw sky to the bleak sand colored roofs of Turkestan homes Because the map has long since been lost to time Mr Shulevitz had to replicate it here from memory It really is a splendid colorful creation too and when Uri recites the exotic names he finds there in a kind of incantation he is seen flying over its flattened surface I loved the tiny details of this imaginative journey Look at how Shulevitz has somehow created the undulating lines of little ripples of sand in a burning desert And the view of the city with all its buildings becomes a model of impos

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Having fled from war in their troubled homeland a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country Food is scarce so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper at first the boy is furious But when the map is hung on the wall it floods their cheerless room with color As the boy. A moving and emotionally affecting story based on Uri Shulewitz's own boyhood his family's escape from Nazi occupied Poland to Central Asia How I Learned Geography not only poignantly demonstrates the ravages of war of being a refugee with scant resources for food and other basic necessities many of us take for granted the book also shows how one special object in this case a map of the world that the young boy's father buys instead of purchasing bread can make a terrible inhumane reality tolerable And while at first glance said map might be regarded as a frivolously foolish purchase as the young boy's father explains he had just enough money to buy a very tiny piece of bread which would have partially nourished the family but only for a day or a night at the most On the other hand the map the father has purchased soon floods the family's small desolate room with colour and vision encouraging imagination learning a sense of escapism making the harsh reality of the present livable While the bread would only have provided temporary nourishment of the body the map lastingly nourishes the soul providing both solace and a sense of lasting healing wonderLike my GR friend Lisa I would also not really suggest reading How I Learned Geography when hungry although my reaction when I read the book on a very empty stomach was a bit different from hers For I never wished that the father had bought bread instead of the map but I did feel uite livid at the couple who shared the family's hut at not sharing their food but specifically at the way the husband eats with such enthusiasm seemingly rubbing it in that the young boy and his family have to go without any and all supperUri Shulevitz's illustrations are bright and evocative and while on their own they would likely not be altogether to my taste the illustrations work wonderfully well with the text the narrative both mirroring and expanding the latter My personal favourite is the picture where the boy seems to soar above the world map being transported to explore deserts beaches mountains encountering the richness and diversity of the world of the earth armed only with a large world map and the power of his imagination and I can in all ways both appreciate and applaud Uri Shulewitz' Caldecott Honour designstion for How I Learned GeographyAlthough the narrative is simply told and easy to understand I would not necessarily recommend this excellent picture book for very young children as some of the themes presented war hunger being a refugee are rather heavy and potentially traumatic I think that a good age group would be children from about ages five to eight although even older children would likely enjoy and appreciate How I Learned Geography especially if reading the book were accompanied by discussions on and about some of the issues mentioned above

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How I Learned GeographyTions that celebrate the power of imagination An author's note includes a brief description of his family's experience two of his early drawings and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time How I Learned Geography is a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. Caldecott Honor 2009This was good It is based on the true events that the author experienced as a four year old boy He and his family had to flee Poland because of the Warsaw blitz and lived six years in what is now known as Kazakhstan During those years they often had very little money to buy food One night his father didn't bring home dinner instead he brought home a map That map inspired him in many ways that left a huge impact on his life