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How I Learned Geography read by Ed O'Neill

How I Learned Geography is written and Illustrated by Uri Schulevitz and read by Ed O'Neill.

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

Writing Activity: Where in the World
The Boy uses his imagination to travel to exotic lands and escape his hunger and poverty. He was transported to strange-sounding places, burning deserts, beaches, snowy mountains, wondrous temples, fruit groves and big cities without ever leaving his room.

Internet/tablet (paper, pen/pencil)


Adult and child will use the internet to find at least one landmark (monument, mountain range, temple or beach) in the following locations: Poland, Soviet Union, Kazakhstan, France, Israel and the United States. Read about each landmark together. Then, write a review of your favourite landmark. Be sure to include the location, a picture, the best time to visit and persuasive reason to go. Use your creativity!