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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.
“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.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“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.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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.” ALA Booklist
“For kids who like their days filled with observation and information, this cozy nocturnal adventure may be their ideal bridge to bedtime.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books