Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday Map: Marshfield Dreams

This map was for a book called Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid by Ralph Fletcher. (Click on the map to see a larger version.) It's a beautifully written memoir of the author's life as a child growing up in Massachusetts, with many poignant and funny moments. I enjoyed doing this piece because, first of all, I loved reading the story-- and second of all, when the editor sent me the manuscript she basically said, "Have fun!"

I love it when that happens!

Among other genres Fletcher has written many books about writing craft for young people. I have a few and I'll attest-- his books are helpful for all ages.


Elizabeth said...

I'm still so impressed with this wonderful, rewarding and quirky niche you have carved out.
I love your maps - need to make one myself perhaps.

Jennifer Thermes said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. Yes, you should try it... it's kind of cool how many aspects of life you can make into a map, if that makes any sense!

Frank Gardner said...

Ah.... I knew I could find a map here this morning. This one is very evocative of childhood memories.
I'm with Elizabeth, we all need a map. I'm affraid anything I did would just be a weak copy of yours.

Jennifer Thermes said...

Thanks Frank! But I'll bet you'd make a great map. You're sounding like me-- too hard on yourself! :-)

Unknown said...

Wonderful map, Jennifer! I love visiting here and finding a brand new map!And thanks for the Horn Book link! I signed right up.

Jennifer Thermes said...

You're welcome, Eric. And thanks for your comment!

(I'm beginning to feel like that old skit-- Thank you! No, thank you! No, thank you!... Do you remember what that was from??)

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I really enjoy looking at your maps. It's the details that
grabs you, I find them very relaxing. An then when you add your soft colors to them... even more!
How great that they said to you to have fun, those are words we all want to hear in this business all the time, right?

Jennifer Thermes said...

Alicia- Absolutely! It's a real treat when that happens. :-)