“Awesome for imagination!”Khrystine wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a very simple book about imagination and all the things the rabbit imagined a simple cardboard box to be. It could spark a nice conversation about things students have used a box for and be used to launch a project on decorating a box or using boxes to make different things.”Cheri wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A bunny stretches his imagination by playing with his "not-a-box". This story is an easy read for young children. It inspires them to think outside the box and use their imagination to see multiple purposes for an object. The illustrations are also simple which allows the reader even more room for imagination. ”Krisann Rhodes wrote this review Thursday, October 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A child's view of what a box can be”Curlylines wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Not A Box" by Antoinette Portis is the story of a (genderless) rabbit and his or her cardboard box. But this is not a book about what a box IS, but rather what it COULD be---a race car, to a robot, to a flaming inferno, or even a rocket ship--all with just a little imagination!
Appropriate for grades Pre-K-2 (and all ages!)
Art: Teachers could give students each their own box and ask them to imagine what it could be. Students can then add drawings, designs, additions, etc. to his or her boxes and share their ideas with the class. A modification could be to give students an object they often encounter-- milk carton, pretzel jug, cup, etc. and ask students to imagine what ELSE this object can be. Students can then share ideas with the class. This modification might also be a fun collaborative opportunity for small groups or pairs of students as more advanced students can be given more challenging objects.
Math: Teachers can create a class infographic which reports the outcomes of the assignment. Students think of overarching categories for their creations (things that move, places to go, things I can wear, etc.) and then graph them! A great place to create infographics is infog.ram.
Writing: Teachers can extend the activity by asking students to write a story about their own "not a box".
This book would be a GREAT way to introduce the poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens. This poem is often challenging for students to conceptualize and this book is a great way of helping students to consider something ordinary in a new way. ”
“A wonderful book, it starts at the front cover. If you look closely you will notice the NET WT. 11.5 OZ. located in the lower right hand corner. Also, the material for the book cover helps to start story with great sensory touch. Both start the reader on a magical journey of what a box can be.
There are so many connections for this book. After I completed a read aloud I gave each student a box and said, these are not boxes tell me or show me what they are. The class just played with the boxes, no markers or tools, just our imagination. At the website www.harpercollinschildrens.com teachers can print a matching worksheet, pages to color as well as directions to make your own Not-a –Box. I was hoping to encourage the art teacher and an older classroom to collaborate on a project for our up-coming Art Show using Not-a Box.
“I read about a preschool that replaced all its fancy toys with cardboard boxes, and the kids were overjoyed. I wouldn't necessarily get rid of everything, but cardboard boxes of varying sizes were one of the primary joys of my childhood. This book will appeal to nostalgic parents and creative kids, and might even inspire iPad-obsessed kids to go back to basics.”Kyle Lukoff wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ primary book #12 This is a book all about a rabbit's imagination of what a box can be. ”holly thurm wrote this review Wednesday, September 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love it! If you had a child and you gave or they took a big cardboard box to play with then this is a book for you. Every child who has played with a box will tell you it is not a box it is...(you add something like an airplane)”Jennifer G wrote this review Monday, July 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No