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From two-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Barbara Cooney and celebrated children’s book author Alice McLerran comes Roxaboxen, a treasured story about the magic of a child’s imagination.

Marian called it Roxboxen. There across the road, it looked like any rocky hill—nothing but sand and rocks, and some old wooden boxes. But it was a special place. And all children needed to go there was a long stick and a soaring imagination.

“A celebration of the transforming magic of the imagination. An original.” —ALA Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060526337
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 73,767
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Alice McLerran was an "Army brat" and moved every year or so — from Hawaii to Germany, from New York to Ecuador.

She still leads a gypsy life, traveling the world with her physicist husband and dividing time between their home in New York and their "dacha" in the mountains of Oregon. She's happy to visit schools anywhere! The McLerran cat, Shuwa, prefers to stay home.

"Children often ask me how I started being a writer, and I tell them: by loving stories. My mother made up stories at bedtime, and my grandmother was a story-teller as well. I always read, and read, and read. I think most writers do. One bit of luck, I think, was that from the first I wrote for others. Over the years I made countless poems and little books as gifts. When you write for real readers, of course you want to do your best."

Barbara Cooney is one of the most well-loved authors and illustrators of children's books today. She has won many awards for her books, including the American Book Award and two Caldecott Medals for Illustration. Ms. Cooney lives in Damariscotta, Maine.

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Roxaboxen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
GeniusBabies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book that was written more for the current adults who created Roxaboxen than for current kids. This is the tale of a bunch of kids in the South West who create a play-town. The book discusses more of the managerial aspects of the town rather than a particular quest or story, which limits the amount it engages the audience.
PLloggerC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wonderful picture book takes me back to the days when I spent time with my childhood friends playing outside in the woods and empty lots of my neighborhoods. Teams and clubs were formed, leaders chosen, laws and rules were made that everyone in our "world" had to abide by. Roxaboxen too has these worlds and leaders and laws. It is full of fun and imagination. The pictures perfectly compliment the text.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty nostalgic book about the author's mother's childhood. She and her friends made the land behind their houses into their own play area, and spent time there, year after year, making cities and fighting "wars" and eating "ice cream".Reading this book is really like diving right into somebody else's make-believe world. My nieces love it, but they don't get to read it too often, as it does make me cry :) Definitely check this one out.
kcolema on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice story about what children are able to create with their imaginations. Could have students draw up their own "Roxaboxen" for an activity.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a little pretend town called Roxaboxen.
ashleywoody on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a story about a group of kids from the same community that play on a hill that they named Roxaboxen. They would bake, drove cars, had a jail, and kept a cemetery that all were imaginary. This was the place where they got together and had fun and made memories of playing together. The story tells about the kid¿s time there and about how even when they grew older- it was still a place they could go back to in their hearts.Personal Reaction:I thought this book was sweet, but not one of my absolute favorites. I thought it had a good story to it, but I thought the story could¿ve maybe elaborated more or had better pictures. Extension Ideas:1) Have the class draw pictures of their own Roxaboxen, or their own place of where they could go with their friends and have fun.2) Have the class write in their daily journal about somewhere that they like to pretend play or have fun with their friends that they think they will remember forever.
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is designed for older grades. Its hard to follow but good in teaching rhymes. Grades 7-8
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The children of Roxaboxen create an imaginary world in the desert. Rocks and old boxes form houses, and sticks make horses. This would be a great story to talk about imagination and pretending with children.
kcollett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many of the books Barbara Cooney illustrates are delightful; see also Emma, Ox-Cart Man, Miss Rumphius, Letting Swift River Go (for older children).
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lilia49 More than 1 year ago
When I was in elementry school...about first grade...Mrs. Marian Doan came to our class and read Roxaboxen to us. She told us it was her story and that she was the little girl in the book. I loved every minute of it! A couple years ago (I'm 28 now) I searched for it online but couldnt find it. So glad Barns and Noble carries it. It is a treasure that i will keep for my children. Such a sweet and fun book. Great example of the imagination us kids growing up in the dessert tend to have ;)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the BEST children's book ever!i grew up reading this book and making rocksaboxen in my back yard.i highly recommend this book for any age it your kids will love and so will you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first grade teacher read this to our class and it has been my favorite ever since! I am now almost 19 years old, and every once in a while I will still take out the copy I made my mother by me to flip threw the pages. This is a great book and will encourage children to use their imaginations more than the Nick Jr. shows they have ever will!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children had me read this to them about four times the first day (we had checked it out from the library). And during the week we kept it, I read it many more times, as well as them looking at it independently. One of my children will be receiving this as a birthday present, and I know he will be excited about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK im 13 years old... im still in love with this book... when i was little, they discontinued the book for a while so i borrowed it from a teacher in first grade and copied it... i found my copy last night and i typed it up and now i plan to buy this great book, now that i know i can still buy it!!! im soo happy i can buy it still, this book brings back my happiest childhood memories!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
for children to learn about using their imaginations and to remind adults about when they did! This is a *really* good book and very nicely illustrated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children ages 7,5 and 2 all love 'Roxaboxen'. It is a charming story with beautiful illustrations.Even 'grown ups ' will love it. We can all rememember a place like Roxaboboxen and remember the joys of make believe.