How I Learned Geography
Beyond the present.
A little boy and his family flee from their home country to a new country. But after they arrive, they realize the new place, too, has issues. Food is scarce, and there is poverty everywhere. However, a benevolent local family let them share their accommodation. So every day, the father searches for bread. But that day is different when mom and the little boy starve, and father arrives late with a large map. He says that the map is better than the bread he can afford. Hungry and angry, the little boy sleeps and wakes the next day to see his father cover the wall with the map he got. But the map magically changes the little boy’s world.
We picked this book for its title. The book discusses how one can transform their state of being into something better by using optimism to overcome pain and suffering. Amazingly, young people can do this swiftly. The pictures perfectly depict the hues and characters of the many regions of the planet.
In Uri Shulevitz’s brilliantly illustrated tale, How I Learned Geography, the young child shows how optimism and imagination can help you overcome difficult circumstances.
Originally published: 2008
Author: Uri Shulevitz
Illustrator: Uri Shulevitz
Rating basis (of 5.0): Story (5.0), Characters (5.0) Writing Style (5.0), Illustrations (4.5) & Ease (4.0)
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