“It’s too much CHANGE!” Camilla stamped her foot.

“But Camilla,” Parsley said, “You like change. The change of the seasons, you said it this morning.”

“This is different. It’s totally NEW. Totally unexpected, And totally permanent.”

Spring has sprung in the forest. When beavers move in, trees come down as they start building a dam. The path of the river will be forever altered and Camilla does NOT want a pond in the middle of her forest! It’s too much change. But when her map-making skills are needed for the pond construction, Camilla comes to understand that change can be good as she works with the entire forest community to draw new maps and look at her home in a whole new way.

Camilla the cartographer and her loyal sidekick, Parsley, are back to solve a fresh new problem in Camilla and the Big Change by Julie Dillemuth, PhD, the companion book to the critically acclaimed Camilla, Cartographer.

Read an excerpt from Camilla and the Big Change.

Hear Dr. Dillemuth’s other books read aloud:  Mapping My DayLucy in the City, and Camilla, Cartographer

by Julie Dillemuth, PhD

This Article's Author

Julie Dillemuth, PhD, is a spatial cognition geographer and children's writer. She is passionate about writing picture books for children that help develop spatial thinking skills. Her stories have appeared in Highlights for Children and Odyssey magazines. She is also the author of Lucy in the City and Mapping My Day.

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  • Camilla and the Big Change

    Julie Dillemuth, PhD

    Camilla the cartographer and her loyal sidekick Parsley are back to solve a fresh new problem in this companion book to the critically acclaimed Camilla, Cartographer. Spring has sprung in the forest. When beavers move in, trees come down as they start building a dam. The path of the river will be forever altered and Camilla does NOT want a pond in the middle of her forest! It’s too much change. But when her map-making skills are needed for the pond construction, Camilla comes to understand that change can be good as she works with the entire forest community to draw new maps and look at her home in a whole new way.

    Includes a note to parents and caregivers with more information about map-making and spatial awareness, but also adapting to new environments and building community—important skills for boars, porcupines, beavers, and kids alike!