The Story Box Picture Book Subscription Review + Coupon– Aug 2016
The Story Box is a monthly children’s book subscription, offering board, picture or a family package options. This review is for the picture book box.
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What I find unique about The Story Box is that the boxes are curated by a speech pathologist and the included parent guide (or tip card for board books) give language activities and hands-on activities that go along with each story. The picture book parent guide is divided into three age ranges (toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary) so you can pick which language concepts best match your child’s age and ability.
The Subscription Box: The Story Box
The Cost: $14.99 a month for board books, and $19.99 a month for picture books and $17.99 a month for the Family Package (board and picture books) + free shipping
COUPON: Use code READ to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: 2 board books, 2 picture books or 1 board book and 1 picture book with the Family Package and a parent guide or tip card
Ships to: US
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Shark’s Big Surprise by A.H. Benjamin- $14.41 on Amazon (retail price $15.99)
Shark’s Big Surprise is about a shark who gathers up lots of terrified ocean animals for a secret plan. They are sure they’re about to be eaten for the shark’s lunch. But what he really has in mind is much more benign. This story didn’t rock me, BUT I loved Story Box’s parent guide activity for this book! My daughter and I did as the card suggested and after reading the book gathered up stuffed animals around the house and then acted out the story ourselves. We giggled and made up silly voices and had a ball!
The Star of the Zoo by Virginie Zurcher- $11.50 on Amazon (retail price $15.95)
The Star of the Zoo is about a star that falls out of the sky and asks the animals in the zoo to help get him back home before dawn. All the strong and tall animals make attempts. However it is the ant and his genius plan that finally gets the star back home where he belongs. This story is about teamwork and had a sweet message. After reading the story my son and I did the language concept idea for early elementary students from the parent guide. It suggested having a discussion about the importance of treating all people with respect no matter how small and we brainstormed ways he can help his little sister.
Verdict: Though I review numerous children’s book subscriptions and we have been enjoying them all, I especially like how The Story Box includes the parent guide. The ideas in the guide are so approachable and help build vital language skills. The value of this box was more than $25 which I am happy with but I would like to see Story Box include some books that are from more well-known authors and illustrators in the coming months.
What do you think of this month’s The Story Box?