Friday, May 23, 2014

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Cubby's Mixed-Up Map

Title: Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Cubby's Mixed-Up Map
Author: Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 7

In Cubby's Mixed-Up Map, Jake and the Never Land Pirates go in search of the Golden Dinghy. They trust Cubby to lead them there with his map skills including him making a new map when Hook tricks them and switches their real map for a fake one.  The book is based on the episode of the same name.

Overall Cubby's Mixed-Up Map is a great detailed adventure for reading to young fans or for beginning independent readers to enjoy themselves.  The little jokes added by Skully the parrot in some of the bottom corners are a nice feature, but they don't really encourage extra interaction like they do in many of the other Jake and the Never Land Pirates books.  However, the pirates wondering how a gold boat would float could be used as a lead in to exploring bouyancy.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Jake and the Never Land Pirates
  • Fans of treasure hunt adventures
  • Following a map to find something as well as figuring out what to do when they have the wrong map provide examples of problem solving (Logical-Mathematical)
  • The use of landmarks to navigate is not only helpful for those that cannot read, yet, but also provides an example for visual learners to use their strength as an ongoing life skill.  This is further illustrated when Cubby decides to go atop Cuckoo Rock to look around and get his bearings to recreate the map Hook stole. (Spatial-Visual)
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