two great books by antoinette portis

May 27, 2009

Not a Box and Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

We really enjoyed these two books! The illustrations are so simple, but so captivating at the same time. Both books celebrate the power of the imagination. In Not a Box, a little bunny is asked over and over again, "What are you doing in that box?" and he repeatedly tells them that it is not a box! The illustrations show him driving a race car, climbing a mountain, being a robot, etc. Juliet loved the "not a box" pages and would explain what each fantasy was--"it's a boat, mama! It's a hot air balloon!"

Not a Stick is just as fun. In it a little pig goes fishing for sharks, paints a masterpiece (the image of van gogh's starry night is a nice touch on this page) and fights a dragon. All little kids have huge imaginations--these books reminded me of the way juliet sees the world--where ANYTHING can be a toy and that usually, the best toys are the simplest ones--a rock, a stick, an empty box, some mixing bowls, or even a garden bucket.

Activity Idea: Get some simple toys--a stick or an empty box--and play with your child! Sit back and let him take the lead. I'm sure you'll be flying airplanes, building bridges, cooking breakfast, and riding horses in no time!

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