Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Not a Box

A friend of mine recently introduced me to Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. It is about a creative rabbit who turns a box into lots of different things and he makes it clear that it is NOT a box!

This book has so many possibilities in the classroom or it would make a great baby gift!

In the classroom I would use it for:
  • A writing mini-lesson to inspire my students to use their imagination and think outside of the box
  • Making predictions. After the first page or two, the students might be able to predict what the box is.  
  • Modeling sentence structure: Ask "Is it a box?" and they would respond "No, it is NOT a box!"
I wonder if Caine of "Caine's Arcade"
 read this book?


  1. My friend has this book, she said her students love it. I will add it to my scholastic wish list now. :)

  2. This reminds of a book that my sister and I loved as children: Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch

    In it Christina makes a castle, a clubhouse and other things out of her box, until it is completely gone (a la The Giving Tree). Thanks for the memories!

    Inside this Book