I'm not exactly sure what makes this book such a hit with my three-year-old. Maybe it's because she loves ballet, maybe it's because we recently lived in Paris, maybe it's because I am that mom who drags my kids to art museums. It's probably a combination of all of the above. Regardless, the point is that she loves it and requests this book be read to her on a daily basis. I like the fact that the illustrations are in a style that's different from most of the books on our shelf, and I'm always happy for an opportunity to plug impressionist painting with my kids.
Joan Sweeney grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She used to spend Saturday mornings taking free art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. She has three “grown-up” children and five grandchildren. She wrote many more books after she first wrote Me on the Map. Joan Sweeney passed away in March 2017.