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
ACTIVE DEAL: 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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Henry’s Stars by David Elliott - Value $6.86 on Amazon (retail price $16.99)
Henry the pig is so eager to share with his barnyard friends The Great Pig that he sees in the stars. He’s crushed when the sheep, chicken and other animals fail to see what he see, and only see themselves in the constellations. A cute story with a taste of astronomy and it’s great for discussing point of view.
The parent guide concept we used with this book was for early elementary aged children. My son and I discussed differing perspectives and how some people may view situations very differently than others.
Veggie Soup by Dorothy Donohue - Retail Value $16.99 (no longer in print)
This story is reminiscent of Stone Soup; all of Miss Bun’s friends want to help her make soup. They throw in their own favorite foods, but the combination doesn’t turn out to be very appetizing. So she starts over and adds lots of vegetables to make a delicious soup to bring to the soup kitchen. I like the themes of teamwork and charity in this story. I felt the collage style illustrations were a bit too busy for my taste, but all in all it was still an enjoyable read.
The Parent Guide concept I used this month was the hands on toddler idea to pretend to make our own soup. My daughter had a lot of fun in her play kitchen making soup and talking out step by step what she was adding to the pot.
Verdict: The Story Box’s value this month was hard to calculate since one of the books is no longer in print and you’d have to buy it used or pay well above retail to get a new copy from a book seller. We did enjoy both selections this month and we found the extension activities from our Parent Guide to be creative and beneficial. We find the real value in The Story Box isn’t just the books themselves, though they frequently find lesser known titles I’ve never seen before which is nice, the value for us is all of the extension activities which help build our children’s language skills.
What do you think of this month’s The Story Box?