The Story Box Picture Book Review + Coupon – December 2016
The Story Box is a monthly children’s book subscription. They offer three subscription options: Board Books Package (children ages 0 – 2 1/2 years), Picture Book Package (children ages 2 1/2 – 6 years), and the Family Package (for multiple children in various age ranges).
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.
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This review is of the Picture Book, $19.99 a month, box.
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: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The Little Pea by Eric Battut – Value $16.95
The Little Pea is about a pea who wants to be more exciting and beautiful. He travels along adopting qualities from all the things he sees, but when he returns to his pea friends he’s become a laughingstock. This book is about being unique, but I feel this theme has been done much better in other stories, The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle is one example.
My son and I used the early elementary language concept idea from the Parent Guide and he practiced retelling the story to me. This builds summarizing skills and was very beneficial for his language repertoire. I could tell from the struggle that this is an area we need to continue to strengthen.
Leonard’s Beard by Nancy Cote – $16.23 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Leonard becomes so consumed with his writing that he forgets to live his life, spend time with friends and go out on adventures of his own. This book was about remembering to focus on what is important in life. I think this message is a bit lost on young children and I wasn’t a fan of the illustrations either.
The Parent Guide concept we used this month was the rhyming activity for early elementary aged kids. My son enjoyed this activity and we then used it with some other books we’ve been reading at home lately.
Verdict: The Story Box’s value this month was over $33 which I’m very happy to see, but the books themselves were somewhat disappointing. I realize literature and art are incredibly subjective so the selections every month aren’t always going to be our favorites. What I do always come back to though with this box is the Parent Guide. It is always filled with helpful ideas for building language skills with my children.
What do you think of this month’s The Story Box?