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 What to do with a box
 Author: Yolen, Jane

 Illustrator: Sheban, Chris

 Publisher:  Creative Editions
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 27 cm.

 BTSB No: 973485 ISBN: 9781568462899
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Subjects:
 Stories in rhyme
 Boxes -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction
 Play -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses.

Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 68804

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/16)
   Booklist (+) (02/15/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/15/2016 *Starred Review* Beginning with Sheban’s trompe l’oeil cover illustration, Yolen’s latest picture book charmingly captures both real life and imaginary adventures. Starring a bespectacled girl, a red-haired boy, and, at center stage, a big cardboard box, the book is written in spare but appealing rhymes, and illustrated with great skill and cleverness. Using watercolor, colored pencil, and white acrylic paint, Sheban created all of the pictures on actual cardboard, effectively immersing young readers into the experience. Yolen’s text suggests a variety of ways that kids can use such a container: it can be a place to read books, to play with a friend, and to make art (“You can paint a landscape with sun, sand and sky / or crayon an egret that’s flying right by”). It can also be a vehicle for make-believe (“You can drive in that box all around a dirt track. / You can sail in that box off to Paris and back”). Tagging along on these escapades is a watchful but sweet-looking dog, and Sheban’s use of unusual perspectives makes the interactions between the kids, the box, and the dog entertaining to examine. The book’s final page, featuring the familiar words this end up turned into the end, is another nice touch of thinking outside the box. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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