Bibliographic Information: McLerran, Alice, and Barbara Cooney. Roxaboxen. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991.
Brief Annotation: A group of children who lived near each other made a town called Roxaboxen. They created Roxaboxen using pebbles to outline streets and houses. The children explored the area using the things they found. Using their imagination, Roxaboxen had horses, jails, and wars. Although the children grew old or moved away, they never forgot their town of Roxaboxen.
Grade Level: 1-3
Reader who will like this: Students will enjoy this book because it allows them to use their imagination. They will be able to make connections in times during their life where they created imaginary things.
Rating/Response: 3. I enjoyed Roxaboxen because it made me think of my childhood playing with Barbies. We formed families, created jobs and decorated their houses. I found the light-hearted book to be easily relatable.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What are some things you have imagined?
Reading Strategy: Making Connections
Rationale for Strategy: While reading Roxaboxen students can make connections to their own lives where they have used their imagination to create things. Students will find this book easily relatable to their own lives.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson