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HENRY'S MAP by David Elliot Kirkus Star

HENRY'S MAP

By David Elliot (Author) , David Elliot (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: June 27th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-399-16072-1
Publisher: Philomel

Henry, an adorable pig, maps his farm world and puts everything in its place.

Henry likes things organized. When he realizes that the farm outside his sty is a mess, he worries that no one will be able to find anything. His solution is to draw a map. Going from the sheep’s woolshed to the cow pasture to the stable and the chicken coop, Henry shows his growing creation to the animals along the way. The animals are excited to see sketches of themselves and soon join the cartography expedition, ending on the hill above the farm. The parade, with chickens and sheep taking a ride on horses and Henry’s little trotters leading the way, sets the tone for comedy. When the livestock reach the top of the hill to compare the map to the actual farm, they are horrified to see that, while the map (and the hill) is filled with animals, the farm is empty! Racing back, the group checks each place and finds that now—miraculously—the animals are back in their places. Phew! Henry’s face, often filled with a worried scowl, allows readers to feel his need for order. Detailed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add to the comedic timing, especially when Henry finds his face in the mirror, in the sty, right where he belongs.

Here’s hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures. (Picture book. 3-8)