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Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
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May 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-controlled-vocabulary

This controlled vocabulary picture book makes a perfect storytime selection for preschoolers, as they follow along with a bunny's playtime. By the end of the book, the audience will be responding along, "It's not a box!" The simple line drawings are a perfect accompaniment to the text, showing the outline of the box overlayed with whatever the little rabbit's imagination can envision. An ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book for 2007.

SPL Summary: "To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box."

SLJ: "PreSchool-Grade 1—In bold, unornamented line drawings of a rabbit and a box, the author-illustrator offers a paean to the time-honored imaginative play of young children who can turn a cardboard box into whatever their creativity can conjure... Knowledgeable adults will bring along a large box to aid in understanding and to encourage even more ideas and play."

Booklist: "This owes a large debt to Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955). And as in Johnson's classic, the spare, streamlined design and the visual messages about imagination's power will easily draw young children, who will recognize their own flights of fantasy."
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