A fun-filled introduction to maps through the eyes of an adorable pig
Henry is a very particular sort of pig. "A place for everything and everything in its place," he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess! Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong. And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed.
For fans of Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth or of Winnie the Pooh, this sweet romp through the farm is adorably illustrated by David Elliot, who created the endearing animals who inhabit Brian Jacques world of Redwall. Perfect for pre-schoolers and elemetary-schoolers learning to read maps for the first time.
Praise for Henry's Map:
*** “With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons.” —School Library Journal *** (starred)
*** “Here’s hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews *** (starred)
“Elliot’s barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“This story may even inspire budding cartographers to map their own world.” —Booklist
In a story that blends ideas about cooperation and orderliness with a gentle existential crisis, Elliot, best known for his illustrations of Brian Jacques's Redwall books, introduces Henry, a "very organized sort of pig." Henry takes pride in his tidy sty ("A place for everything and everything in its place," he says, quoting the 19th-century aphorism) but decries the messy state of the farm. "How could anybody ever find anything out there?" he wonders (although the farm looks pretty darn kempt in Elliot's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations). Henry decides to draw a map to sort things out and, armed with pencil and paper, makes his way across the barnyard. All the animals are excited to be included, falling in line behind the earnest cartographer, whose childlike, squiggly drawings are a comical counterpoint to his seriousness of purpose. From a hilltop overlooking the empty farm, the animals are puzzled when they look at the map ("Where did we go?"), and Henry quickly leads them back to their dwellings, to the relief of all concerned. Elliot's barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story. Ages 4 8.