Maps: From Anna to Zane: First Skills

Illustrator: Ya-Ling Huang

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

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Age 4+

People & Places Picture Storybooks

A whimsical story about learning to use maps, perfect for very young children.

One day, Anna's friend Zane sends her an invitation: Come to tea tomorrow! This is the way to my home. Love, Zane. Inside the envelope, there's a MAP. Anna soon decides to make a map of her own, too ... and before long, Dad and even Whiskers the cat are in on the fun. From routes to symbols, point of view and scale, join Anna and her dad as they explore the wonderful world of maps – with words by Vivian French, storyteller extraordinaire, and delightful pictures by rising star Ya-Ling Huang.


Vivian French is a highly-acclaimed children’s author, whose many books include The Steam Whistle Theatre Company and The Dragon’s Breakfast. She is one of the most borrowed children’s authors in UK libraries, and was awarded the MBE for services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts. Follow her on Twitter under the handle @fivekingdoms or visit her website:
Originally from Taiwan, Ya-Ling Huang completed an MA in illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2016 and in the same year her works were selected for 2016 Bologna Book Fair, and highly commended both in the Macmillan prize and in the prestigious book-design competition hosted by the Polish Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. .


Maps is a delightfully illustrated book that aims to introduce early years concepts and essential skills in an engaging and informative way […] the vivid and joyous illustrations throughout would also inspire art and design activities: they are a celebration of the way children interpret and express their views of the world and respond to the need to record their own place in the communities they belong to.

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This is a fun book that is also a useful learning tool for children who wants to learn about specific concepts regarding maps. In an easy and simple way, coordinates, symbols, scales and other concepts are explained within the story in a fun way, with colourful artwork.


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