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HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY by Uri Shulevitz

HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY

By Uri Shulevitz (Author) , Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 4th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-374-33499-4
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A refugee boy learns more than geography from his father in this autobiographical memoir. A small boy and his parents flee war’s devastation and travel “far, far east to another country,” where summer is hot and winter is cold. Aliens in a bleak land, the boy and his parents sleep on a dirt floor and are very hungry. One day the boy’s father comes home from the bazaar with a map instead of bread and the boy is furious. But when the father hangs the map, it covers an entire wall, filling the barren room with color. The boy spends hours studying and drawing the map and making rhymes out of exotic place names. He forgets he has no toys or books. Without leaving the room, he journeys to deserts, beaches, mountains, temples, fruit groves and cities. In the spare text, Shulevitz pays tribute to his father as he recounts his family’s flight from Warsaw to Turkestan in 1939. Signature watercolor illustrations contrast the stark misery of refugee life with the boundless joys of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)