How I Learned Geography

Shulevitz, Uri. How I Learned Geography. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.

Uri Shulevitz tells part of his life story in the picture book How I Learned Geography. When he was very young, his family was forced to flee from Warsaw. Money was scarce and one day his father brought home a wall map instead of bread to eat. Uri and his mother were not happy at first. But the map allowed Uri to escape from his refugee home to exotic places around the world. Uri Shulevitz gives young children a little bit of insight into the life of a refugee. He used collage, pen and ink, and watercolor to complete his folk style illustrations for the book. An author’s note at the end includes some more factual information about the author and his life.

How I Learned Geography is one of the Caldecott books I share with my second graders. We discuss the various criteria for winning the Caldecott and talk about whether or not they agree with the Caldecott committee.

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  1. […] How I Learned Geography was my second grade read aloud. In third grade I read Mirette on the the High Wire. Our Caldecott book for fourth grade was Locomotive. With each of these groups we discussed the Caldecott criteria and then completed my “Do You Think This Book Should Have Won?” worksheet. A copy of this worksheet is available for signing up for my mailing list. […]


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