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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.

Owl Moon, Winner of the 1988 Caldecott MedalJane 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 @ 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 @ 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.

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Book Information:


Publisher:  The Creative Company

Publication date:03/08/2016


Product dimensions:8.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)







I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

14 thoughts on “WHAT TO DO WITH A BOX by Jane Yolen

  1. Sounds cute! We’ll have to check it out. My son just finished reading Not a Stick and Not a Box; a book about using imagination when playing with sticks and boxes. I think this would be right up his alley.


  2. This is great! Jane Yolen is such a great author – I studied under her in college, and she has so much knowledge on literature, how to write well to different ages… how to help keep readers interested and moving forward in their skills. Love this.

    Thank you for sharing it with #theCozyReadingSpot


  3. I absolutely love the illustrations in this one, and my nieces would adore this book because they love playing with boxes! They are always sending me pictures of their latest box play. Thanks so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday this week on!


  4. What a wonderful book and those illustrations are simply amazing. I hadn’t heard of What to do with a Box until reading your review, but am definitely adding it to my collection. My 2-year-old grandson loves books and will adore this one. Thank you for sharing.


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