Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a fascination with maps. Having picked up a degree in literature along the way, those two mix very nicely in literary maps.
I don’t know what the first book was that I encountered that had a settings map inside of it. It might have been a Pooh book. I liked having a sense of the places in the book. It reminded me of a treasure map more than a map used to navigate.
When I taught middle school and high school, I sometimes had my students create maps of the settings in novels. It is a great way to visualize the settings. It also takes quite a bit of critical thinking to determine locations based on small clues in the book. If one setting is an hour’s walk away from another, how far should it be on the map?
Can you identify a book from its map? I took an online quiz and was disappointed that I only scored 8 of 10 correct answers. I should have done better, considering that when I read a book with a map like the one above, I actually imagine myself rowing a boat past Skeleton Island.