The Once Upon a Time Map Book by BG Hennessy with illustrations by Peter Joyce

The Once Upon a Time Map Book 
by BG Hennessy with illustrations by Peter Joyce
Purchased from Barnes & Noble

The Once Upon a Time Map Book by BG Hennessy with illustrations by Peter Joyce caught my attention right away. It has two of my favorite things - maps and fairy tales! Readers are invited to visit six different Once Upon a Time Lands. Each map has all the attributes of a traditional map, from a compass rose to routes and points of interest. Fittingly, Hennessy and Joyce have hidden treasures for all readers to find in each magical locale.

The Once Upon a Time Map Book teaches children how to read a map by giving coordinates for key sites on the maps. In Neverland you can moor your boat in Mermaid Cove (E1) the take the path to Pirate River (E3). If you head two Pirate miles west, you will find a waterfall (D3). There is a key that shows you what length two Pirate miles is, delineating the various paths on the island.  There are also seven hidden Lost Boys and a treasure chest to find! In addition to Neverland, readers get to visit Oz, Wonderland, the kingdom of the Giant from Jack & the Beanstalk, Aladdin's Kingdom and the enchanted forest of Snow White. 

Maps inspire so many kinds of activities, from mapping your bedroom to plotting a treasure hunt in your own back yard. You can visit B.G. Hennessy's website, where she provides guides and resources for The Once Upon a Time Map Book and the follow up, The Scary Places Map Book.


We have and love this book too! I really like your idea of mapping out the locations in another favourite book.
B. G. Hennessy said…
I love google alerts because I get to see all the neat things people are doing with my books! You might be interested in the Teacher-Parent Guide to THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK. You can find it on on my website: I can't recall if it is under the Fun Stuff tab or the Parent-Teacher section. I also have to thank you for the mention of the Miss Rumphius Effect blog- I was the Art Director for that book. Barbara Cooney and I worked on several books together. In fact, fo a real bit of book trivia, my three sons modeled for her illustrations for THE REMARKABLE CHRISTMAS OF THE COBBLER'S SONS.

Happy Travels!
B.G Hennessy
Tanya said…
WOW!! How amazing to have worked with Barbara Cooney, and to have your children immortalized in one of her wonderful books! Thanks for reading my blog, the tip about the teacher/parent guide and thanks especially for writing such a fabulous, fabulous book! Can't wait to see the Very Scary Places book! Hope you will work with Peter Joyce again - his art work is perfect!
B. G. Hennessy said…
Sadly, Peter Joyce's health will not permit his illustrating the next book. The good news is that Erwin Madrid has agrred to do the maps. Erwin did many of the set paintings for Shrek and has a terrific sense of place and lighting that will be perfect for THE VERY SCAREY PLACES MAP BOOK.
Tanya said…
Well wishes for Peter Joyce. I am glad you found an artist you are happy to work with - the book will be great, I am sure!

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