Mapping Sam

Category: Book
By (author): Hesselberth, Joyce
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Cats
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 40
Size: 10.50in x 9.00in
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$ 9.99
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From The Publisher*

A Bologna Ragazzi Award Special Mention!

An adventurous cat named Sam explores her neighborhood at night in this gorgeously illustrated book. Informational, beautiful, and deeply moving, Mapping Sam is both a book about how maps work and an engaging, character-driven story. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews says that Mapping Sam is "a winning choice." An ideal read-aloud for classrooms and homeschooling, the book features a page of background information as well as various maps and map terms throughout.

For fans of Brandon Wenzel's They All Saw a Cat and Sara Fanelli's My Map Book, and for anyone who wants to know what is where and how to get from here to there!

Maps can show us streets and subways and cities and countries. But they can also show us what we can't see, what we can only imagine, or how to build something. In Joyce Hesselberth's Mapping Sam, Sam the cat puts her family to bed, and then-when all is quiet-heads out to explore her neighborhood.

As Sam follows her customary path, wandering farther and farther away from home, readers encounter different kinds of maps illuminating different points of view and the various spots Sam visits. Finally, when Sam reaches her favorite place and confirms that all is well, she heads back home, climbs onto a cozy bed, and falls asleep.

An ideal read-aloud for classrooms and libraries, Mapping Sam features a page of background information, as well as various maps and map terms throughout. Perfect for fans of Lynne Rae Perkins's Frank and Lucky Get Schooled and Peter H. Reynolds's The Dot.

Review Quote*"First readers explore a neighborhood map of the feline's initial travels before embarking on a journey that will take them to the edge of the universe and back...An eye-catching introduction to maps, charts, and diagrams for the youngest of cartographers."
Review Quote*"The flow of the story is smooth, and the introduction of each new piece of cartography feels organic. Hesselberth's artwork...is clear and will show well in large groups. ...A winning choice for just about anywhere that's on a map."
Review Quote*"After Sam the cat's family is asleep, she slips out the back door. Where does the orange tabby go? With the help of a map, children see her path. Hesselberth uses this opportunity to explain the purposes of maps and their characteristics. ..Sam takes mapping in many delightful directions."
Review Quote*"For kids who like their days filled with observation and information, this cozy nocturnal adventure may be their ideal bridge to bedtime."