Sam lines up blocks, books, boots, cars, and other objects, all the way from his room to his mother in the kitchen
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Marisabina Russo's warm, distinctive picture books usually mirror everyday scenarios from her own family's life. The Big Brown Box was inspired by her three children's tendency to entertain themselves—and each other—with common household objects (which included many a cardboard box).
Ms. Russo has written and illustrated many picture books for children, and has illustrated several by other authors. She and her husband and children live in Westchester County, New York.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1 A charming book. When Sam's mother calls him for lunch, he answers "Just a minute" (a refrain with which young children will surely identify). He then uses objects in his houseblocks, books, boots, trucksto make a line from his room to the kitchen. He completes the line by lying on the floor himself just as his mother is beginning to get angry. The reassurance of her reaction and Sam's pride in his innovative route combine to create a warm, satisfied feeling that makes up for the absence of any strong conflict or drama in the story. The artwork, done in cool, refreshing pastels that are accented by warm earth tones, complements the text nicely. The lack of outlines in the shapes contributes to the overall feeling of delicacy (perfect for a book with so slight a plot). While not an essential purchase, this book will be enjoyed by preschool children in both a story hour and one-on-one setting. Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, Ill.
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