The Story Box Picture Book Review + Coupon – October 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: US
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Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev – $12.59 on Amazon (retail price $17.99)
This is one of my new favorite books! It is such a sweet story of a boy with a pet elephant who isn’t allowed to join the pet club. Knowing all about what it means to be a true friend, he starts a new pet club where anyone is allowed, including a girl with a pet skunk. The charming illustrations on matte paper feel cozy with lots of oranges and yellows. This is an instant classic in my opinion!
My son and I used the suggested language concept for early elementary aged children. We discussed the boy’s feelings throughout the story and ways in which he can be a good friend at school. I’m now the lucky owner of two copies of this book thanks to my many children’s book subscriptions. Now I need to decide if I want to bring one copy to school or give my extra as a gift…
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler – $12.67 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Miss Maple gathers orphan seeds and cares for them even taking them on field trips to show them places where they might grow. She reminds them that the world is big and they are small. Through the winter months, she cares for the seeds keeping them cozy in her home. Come springtime when they are ready to sprout she sends them on their way to travel on winds and currents finding their forever homes. This is Eliza Wheel’s first picture book and I sincerely hope it’s not her last. The gentle prose, creative storyline, and stunning detailed illustrations made me pore slowly over every spread. What a gorgeous book!
The Parent Guide concept we used this month was the pre-school activity suggestion to make a tent out of blankets and read by flashlight (firefly light) like Miss Maple does in the story. My kids loved reading in their makeshift tent.
Verdict: This has been my favorite month of The Story Box yet. Their selections are superb! Though I review numerous children’s book subscriptions and we have been enjoying them all, I especially like how 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 is more than $25 which I am happy with.
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