Make a Map!

Many novels include maps. These maps enhance the story for the reader.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne includes this familiar map:

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson includes this map:

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My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett has this map:

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Lewis Carroll, mathematician and philosopher, author of Alice in Wonderland, penned two cartographers’ dilemmas:

Mein Herr on making maps:

“That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,” said Mein Herr, “map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?”

“About six inches to the mile.”

“”Only six inches!”exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well. (duke . edu)

The Bellman’s Map:

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The Bellman’s Map, from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll
– Rendering by Sharon Daniel

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Today’s Assignment: Make a map to accompany your current writing project.