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.


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