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Roxaboxen Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
As time went by, they made a town hall. Marian named herself the mayor, which no one mined, just as long as they were having fun. They also added more streets as time went on. With bits of sea-green, amber, and amethyst, Frances made herself a new house. The children decided to have a bakery and ice cream stands. Jean and Anna May ran the bakery and Paul and Eleanor had ice cream stands. They also have a jail if you are caught speeding with your car. If you had a horse, you could go as fast as you wanted.
They had a war; boys against the girls. If you reached your fort, you were safe. Roxaboxen also had a cemetery. They only had one animal in it, which was a lizard. Roxaboxen was always there for them, even if it was the winter when nobody went. Then they got older and moved away. Did anyone come back to visit Roxaboxen? Is Roxaboxen still there? Read the book to find out. Ilove this book because when I was younger I loved to imagin things like this. My friends and I did things similar to this book.
While children will enjoy the pictures and may get some great ideas for building their own Roxaboxen "town", adult readers are the ones who will truly treasure this story. Its sweet nostalgic look at childhood is a catalyst for our own stories and memories to return. Cooney's pictures are appropriate and enjoyable but subdued.
Overall, a nice memorial to the real Roxaboxen and its residents.
One of the things I love about this book is that it encourages imagination. With very little these kids create a whole world. I hope that at least one kid I read to that night went outside the next day and picked up a black pebble or rode a horse made from a stick and brindle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book captures the magic of children's imaginary play in groups. Lovely book!Published 5 days ago by Julie
one of my kids' all-time favorites. Poignant. Up there with good night moon.Published 23 days ago by Liam C.
My children already have great imaginations and this book sparked even more imaginative play, just as I had hoped:-)Published 2 months ago by Haddassah
While the product was beautiful I was very disappointed as I had indicated it was a gift, wrote out a special gift tag to be included they were not included for either book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ginnie Reed
I enjoy reading this book out loud to my friends' kids, although it's mostly just because I love the way "roxaboxen" sounds, it's a weirdly fun word to say. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alien Cat
Childhood favorite I wanted to share with my kids, they love it too! If/when I have grandkids, several years down the road, I want to share this with them too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JDSeattle