Article Title

How I Learned Geography


Tessa McMillan


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Uri Shulevitz, Refugees, Maps, Geography, Imagination, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


After war destroys their home in Europe, a young boy and his parents find refuge in Central Asia. The boy’s small family live in a one-room house made from clay, straw, and camel dung. They share their home with a couple they do not know. Life is hard as they try to handle living in such a foreign place. At the end of a long, hunger-filled day, the boy’s father returns from the bazaar with a large world map and a very small piece of bread. The boy is angry at his father for not bringing home enough food. But after his father hangs the colorful atlas on the wall, the boy’s imagination ignites. He transports himself away from his hunger and misery to experience exotic locations all over the world.