Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Magic Box

The National Toy Hall of Fame is housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Among the inductees in this hall of fame are the ball and the stick(Click on the link to know that I am not making this up.) I think the next generic product that should be part of this group is the box.  How many times have you bought an expensive toy and the child enjoys the packaging more? As a kid, a giant box had limitless opportunities for imagination and fun.

Katie Cleminson understood this when she wrote and illustrated Magic Box. Eva receives a large box for her birthday and climbs in to become a master magician. She is able to conjure up several tricks to create an amazing birthday party involving animals, food, and dancing.

Magic Box is a combination of a fun simple text and lively color splashed illustrations that will appeal to preschool and primary school audiences.  You can read this book and work on prediction (what do you think will appear from Eva's tricks?) and sequence with your students. After reading, extend the text by asking students what they would create if they had a magic box.

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