The Story Box Picture Book Subscription Box Review + Coupon– Jul 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. My son just finished preschool so we worked on those language concepts while we read the books this month. As my son gets older when we revisit the books we can then move on to the activities for early elementary school.
The Subscription Box: The Story Box
The Cost: 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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How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney- $12.15 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
At first glance I thought this book might too closely resemble (and not live up to) one of my favorite books titled The Day the Crayons Quit, but How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow was a very different type of story and it was told in a different style. The story starts off by showing how the sun and cloud are friends and together they make beautiful rainbows. However after a disagreement they refuse to be near each other so it always either sunny and hot or cloudy and chilly and there are no more rainbows to be seen. Eventually some crayons start to make their own rainbows and the sun and cloud reconcile and realize life is better for everyone when they are friends. My son and I practiced the language concepts on the parent guide looking closely at facial expressions in the book and discussing character feelings. We really enjoyed this story and I found the parent guide tips very beneficial.
Watch the Cookie by Nancy Cote- $16.02 on Amazon (retail price $16.95)
Unfortunately Watch the Cookie was a miss for my family. I found it fell pretty flat and the story seemed disjointed. When I read this book to my daughter (almost 3 years old) we used the language concept tip to describe and name the different animals in the book and delve into their similarities and differences. What I appreciate about this subscription is that while neither my son nor daughter cared for this particular book, the parent guide still proved useful. We will donate this book to our local library and my daughter and I had a great book-based discussion. So I view that as a win!
Verdict: As a teacher I really love the educational spin on The Story Box. I review numerous children’s book subscriptions and we have been enjoying them all, but what sets this one apart is the thoughtful parent guide with easy to do activities that really take the books to another level. The ideas in the parent guide are so approachable and help build vital language skills. The value of this box was more than $28 which I am very happy with. I can’t wait to see next month’s selections!
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