The Map of Good Memories

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Product Description There are places that remind us of happy moments. Zoe, a little girl who has to flee from her city with her family because of a war, remembers them before she leaves. She uses them to draw a “map of good memories,” knowing that they will always be with her. Guided Reading Level: O, Lexile Level: 820L From School Library Journal Gr 2–5—This deceptively simple tale follows Zoe, a young girl forced by war to flee the city she loves with her family "and take refuge in another country." The night before she leaves, Zoe sits down with a map of the city and marks her favorite places. As she does, she lovingly reminisces about each one, drawing readers into her happiest memories. Zoe then connects the scattered points with a red pencil and forms the letters of her name. This brings her comfort, and as she prepares to leave her home, she knows that she will forever carry her memories with her. The unnamed city appears to be European, and for the most part, the narrative is suspended in time; only an illustration of a movie theater showing The Wizard of Oz (and a quote from Anne Frank in the author's note) confirms that the conflict uprooting Zoe's family is World War II. An author's note explains Nuño's intention to write a book about saying farewell and appreciating the simple pleasures and small joys to be found in life. The tale is also a poignant reflection on the impact of war and what it means to be a refugee. Celej's soft watercolor illustrations are hauntingly beautiful and show, in stark contrast, Zoe's beloved home and a city battered by war. VERDICT A moving and timeless story that is sure to spark discussions at home and in the classroom; for first purchase.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA Review One of the Most Anticipated Spring/Summer 2017 Books - School Library Journal A moving and timeless story that is sure to spark discussions at home and in the classroom; for first purchase.- School Library Journal Review This deceptively simple tale follows Zoe, a young girl forced by war to flee the city she loves with her family “and take refuge in another country.” The night before she leaves, Zoe sits down with a map of the city and marks her favorite places. As she does, she lovingly reminisces about each one, drawing readers into her happiest memories. Zoe then connects the scattered points with a red pencil and forms the letters of her name. This brings her comfort, and as she prepares to leave her home, she knows that she will forever carry her memories with her. The unnamed city appears to be European, and for the most part, the narrative is suspended in time; only an illustration of a movie theater showing The Wizard of Oz (and a quote from Anne Frank in the author’s note) confirms that the conflict uprooting Zoe’s family is World War II. An author’s note explains Nuño’s intention to write a book about saying farewell and appreciating the simple pleasures and small joys to be found in life. The tale is also a poignant reflection on the impact of war and what it means to be a refugee. Celej’s soft watercolor illustrations are hauntingly beautiful and show, in stark contrast, Zoe’s beloved home and a city battered by war. VERDICT A moving and timeless story that is sure to spark discussions at home and in the classroom; for first purchase.– School Library Journal About the Author Fran Nuño is a writer, cultural enabler and book-editor. Author of more than thirty published books, almost all of them literature for children; novels, stories, poetry, theater and picture books. He has received several mentions and important awards, as much for its literary work as for his work promoting reading. he has been translated into Galician, Valencian, Catalan, English and German. Of Polish origin, award-winning Zuzanna Celej has a BA Honours in fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and Majored in Illustration at the Llotja Art School in Barcelona.

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