What To Do With A Box (Jane Yolen & Chris Sheban)

Summer Reading Day 65: Our book today was What To Do With A Box by Jane Yolen & Chris Sheban, and it was awesome. As you could probably guess, it’s all about a perennial favorite of children’s playthings, the cardboard box. Specifically, it’s all the things a box can be to someone with a little imagination and creativity: a racecar, a palace, a forest or a library.

The story is great, sweet and simple and with both a sense of wonder, for those who are beginning to play with boxes, and nostalgia for those who spent their childhoods making worlds inside six walls of cardboard. The length is perfect, and the art is lovely and whimsically authentic (many of the pages are “stamped” to look like actual cardboard boxes). We loved it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved.


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