Finally the farm map is complete and all the animals stand on a nearby hillside to compare the map with the scene in front of them. "All the animals looked at the farm. Then they looked at the map. And then they looked at the farm again."
This book has echoes of the wonderful concept books by Pat Hutchins such as Shrinking Mouse. Another book to explore in our library is As the crow flies by Gail Hartman which explores the idea of perspective. Little Henry himself also reminded me of two favourite characters - Toot and Puddle. If you want to explore the topic of maps and map making even further make sure you look for My Map book by Sara Fanelli. We have five books in our school library illustrated by David Elliot including the wonderful anthology The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy. We now need to add the sequel to Henry's Map - Henry's stars.
One more thing - do take a minute to compare the end papers. Young readers will enjoy finding all the differences between the morning and afternoon scenes.