The Story Box Picture Book Review + Coupon – January 2017
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.
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Waddles by David McPhail – Value $12.65 on Amazon (retail price $16.95)
Waddles is about a raccoon that eats so much and is round that he waddles instead of walks. He is best friends with a duck named Emily and even helps her watch her nest until her babies hatch. Waddles is very sad when autumn arrives and Emily her children fly south for the winter. The story ends with their joyous return.
My son and I used the early elementary language concept idea from the Parent Guide and discussed open-ended questions about what it means to be a good friend. We discussed the characters’ different emotions throughout the story as well.
Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent by Jessica Young – Value $15.06 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Spy Guy is a cute story about a little boy who wants to be a spy, but he isn’t sneaky at all. His chief (dad) gives him pointers along the way and through trial and error, he is finally able to surprise dad at the end.
The Parent Guide concept we used this month was the pre-school role play activity. My son and daughter dressed up as spies and I was their chief giving them some sneaky missions around the house. They had a ton of fun!
Verdict: The Story Box’s value this month was over $27 which I’m happy with. We enjoyed both books this month, but Spy Guy was our favorite of the two. We also enjoyed the extension activities from our Parent Guide.
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