Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Not A Box - Antoinette Portis

Summary: A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.  (Summary and image from Amazon.com.)

My Review:  I adore this book.  I tend to like books that have strong voice, and this one does not disappoint.  Simple yet elaborately creative is a perfect way to depict how a child's mind works when they see a cardboard box; this book mimics that in both illustrations and prose.  My children's first reaction while I was reading was confusion--it is just a box, you know.  But when we turned the page and you could see what the bunny saw while playing with the box, their eyes brightened with understanding and joy.  They know this feeling.  They know what it's like to make-believe something into being.  They connected to the book and the box.  I hope all children know this feeling and know how to create a world that is hidden from the naked eye.  This is worth the read as it connects to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Imagination does that.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sum it up:  How a child's imagination works when you give him/her a box.

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