Chapter published in:Maps and Mapping in Children's Literature: Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes
Edited by Nina Goga and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
[Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition 7] 2017
Chapter 4. Metaphorical maps in picturebooks
This chapter focuses on the cognitive and narrative functions of metaphorical maps in picturebooks. In contrast to maps that present real or fictional city- and landscapes, metaphorical maps are used to visualize abstract concepts. In particular, two types of metaphorical maps in picturebooks are distinguished: maps of (existing) cities and countries that are shaped like animals and humans, and entities such as the heart and the brain that are structured like maps. In order to understand this map category, children have to develop a basic knowledge of the symbols and functions of maps in general, and to learn that metaphorical maps are imaginative guides which symbolize specific patterns of thinking.
Published online: 14 August 2017
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