In this day and age, electronic entertainment is so prevalent, even for the very young. Ms. Yolen reminds us that a simple box can still engage the imagination of a child if left alone…with a box and his/her imagination.
The idea is almost like new…as if it were just thought of for the first time. Yet, it is the way children once played with their natural surroundings, the great finds around the yard, or park, or street, or neighborhood. Here we go…all over again.
And Chris Sheban’s artwork drew me right into the fun. The two children and their dog find many ways to use a simple box, a large moving box. The artwork is filled with texture and is described as “cardboard-esque” for it resembles the box which the children play in and over and under and around.
It is really cute and a fun read. Maybe even an inspiration for some in this day!
Reading Level: Grades 1 – 3 (ages 6-8)
Jane Yolen has been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” and “the Aesop” of the twentieth century as she has written over 300 books, contributing tremendously to children’s literature, especially to the fairy tales genre. She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature.
Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon won the Caldecott Medal, while other stories have won two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. She has also been awarded six honorary doctorates in literature. She lives in Massachusetts and Scotland. You can find Ms. Yolen @ http://janeyolen.com where she shares far more than her books. There are great resources for teachers, parents, and librarians. She has a blog there too.
Chris Sheban illustrates children’s books, including A Night on the Range, The Shoe Tree of Chagrin, and Red Fox at McCloskey’s Farm. His work has been honored with three gold and three silver medals from the Society of Illustrators.
He grew up in Ohio, attending Kent State University in 1976. After two additional years of graduate work, he moved to Perugia, Italy where he worked for a year as a graphic designer and part-time illustrator. Then he returned to the United States and currently lives in Chicago.
Mr. Sheban’s artwork has appeared in PRINT magazine, Step-by-Step Graphics, and numerous Communication Arts Illustration Annuals. He’s been awarded three Gold and three Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
Mr. Sheban can be found @ http://www.chrissheban.com where you can see his fine artwork for the books he has illustrated as well as ads and other types of artwork he has done.
Publisher: The Creative Company
Product dimensions:8.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)