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Not a Box

by Antoinette Portis

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To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

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What an adorable, spare story book about a little rabbit and his imagination! It perfectly captures the sometimes confusing attachments that young children make to simple objects like boxes. Why a box? Because it is not a box! It is a million different toys! A Barbie doll can only be a Barbie doll, but a box can be Barbie's house, car, space ship, limo, Queen sized bed, library, or pool. ( )
  RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |
Teaches children how to use their imagination ( )
  kennedywilliams | Jul 28, 2021 |
Mari - Great book for flexible thinking, perspective, imaginative play
  kidsbrain | May 10, 2021 |
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. -- GoodReads
  EKiddieKollege | Aug 10, 2020 |
Parents love it because it shows all the kinds of imaginative ways to use a box. I'm not so sure how awesome it is for a kid, though: Playing with boxes imaginatively is awesome. And if the kid has trouble getting their own imagination going, then this book could help -- especially in these days of a million toys that are already designed as a kitchen, a truck, a boat, and so forth. But I'm apparently in a minority in not finding this one all that much fun to read. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
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What are you doing with that box?
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The unseen narrator persistently asks the bunny what he's doing with the box. The bunny repeatedly informs the narrator that it's NOT A BOX! The bunny transforms the box into a variety of objects and locations with his imagination.
Portis does a magnificent job of letting the reader know what the bunny is imagining while still reminding the reader that this is all happening with the power of the bunny's mind and a simple cardboard box. I use this book with my preschoolers. After reading the book, we look at a couple of pages of blank squares and rectangles, and talk about what they could be - then we draw! We turn them into books, houses, cars, trucks, and rocketships.
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