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From Publishers Weekly

Striking artwork by a Caldecott Medalist complements an unusual ly evocative story about the imagi nary town created by Marian, her sisters and their friends. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- This treasure of a story is about magic--the ordinary magic that every child understands: imagination. It is also a story about a treasured place: a child's imaginary town named Roxaboxen. The rules are simple: you make them up as you go along according to the whim of the day or the personality of the residents. In Roxaboxen, "Marian was mayor, of course; that was just the way she was. Nobody minded." The rules don't even have to be consistent--as long as they make sense. Speeding was not allowed by car but "ah, if you had a horse, you could go as fast as the wind . . . All you needed for a horse was a stick and some kind of bridle." With a true child's voice, McLerran uses just the right phrase or word to make the town and its residents spring clearly off the page. Cooney's brightly colored illustrations done in her classic and recognizable style etch the town and its inhabitants indelibly on the page as well as in the mind's eye. Her soft, personable little figures give the town and its story just the right feeling. This book celebrates how children and their imaginations make fanciful things become magically real and make them last forever. Don't miss it. --Jane Marino, White Plains Pub. Lib., NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060526335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060526337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sallie Stephens on May 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It reminds me of summer, when mom had to beg us kids to come inside after a long day of imaginary play in our 'pine-tree village'. What fun we had creating homes, shops, schools, using rocks, pinecones and anything else we could find to make our little village like home. This book is so similar I could just eat it up! It tells the tale (a true one at that) of a group of children who create their own village with rocks and boxes (get it? Roxaboxen?). The thing I love about this book are the illustrations---simple, yet beautiful, and of course the wonderful story of how the children used their imagination and creativity to create a timeless adventure. In this day of gameboys and computer games, this book is a refreshing change of pace. My four year old loves this book as much as I do, and we can't wait to create our own Roxaboxen this summer. Buy this book for your kids...or yourself! You won't regret it!
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Format: Paperback
This was my absolute favorite book as a child: I loved imagining the world of Roxaboxen as the children who 'lived' there did and I loved creating my own Roxaboxens in my world. Alice McLerran's kids taught me how to make my own places and times and adventures in my own universe. The entire book was so beautiful that I still smile whenever I see kid's books and remember my favorite or when someone asks me what my favorite book from childhood was.
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There are eight characters in this story; Marian, Anna May, Frances, Jean, Charles, Eleanor, Jamie, and Paul. Marian, who likes to take charge, named a rocky hill, Roxaboxen. It was really just stones and sand with some wooden boxes, but the children made it their special place. That had round black pebbles that they used for money. They made a street called Main Street first. Everyone made their houses out of white stones. They used the wooden boxes for tables or anything else you wanted. They would also try to find pottery to use as dishes.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Roxaboxen is a lovely story about a childhood playground created by the author's mother, her mother's siblings and her mother's friends.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Roxaboxen will allow adults to relive their childhood experiences, while allowing chilren to expand their imagination. Children will realize that their imaginary friend or place is a wonderful memory.
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A lot of fun. A book about a little imaginary town the children of a neighborhood make using the stones, sticks and odds and ends they find in the lot near their homes. Reminiscent of watching my children play over the years with all kinds of nature, making imaginary games as children do.
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This book is a real classic. If you are looking for a way to inspire your children to play more creatively outside (or inside), this book is a good one. I love the illustrations, the wording, the story. I'm a big fan of Barbara Cooney.
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This book was a childhood favorite of mine. I bought it again because the local elementary school was having a family reading night and I thought the kids might like it. Boy was I right! Of the books they had to choose from each group chose this one and I wound up reading it 5 or 6 times in a row.
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.
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