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Roxaboxen (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 27 Aug 1992

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (27 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140544755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140544756
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,374,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alice McLerran was an "Army brat" and moved every year or so -- from Hawaii to Germany, from New York to Ecuador.

She still leads a gypsy life, traveling the world with her physicist husband and dividing time between their home in New York and their "dacha" in the mountains of Oregon. She's happy to visit schools anywhere! The McLerran cat, Shuwa, prefers to stay home.

"Children often ask me how I started being a writer, and I tell them: by loving stories. My mother made up stories at bedtime, and my grandmother was a story-teller as well. I always read, and read, and read. I think most writers do. One bit of luck, I think, was that from the first I wrote for others. Over the years I made countless poems and little books as gifts. When you write for real readers, of course you want to do your best."

Barbara Cooney is one of the most well-loved authors and illustrators of children's books today. She has won many awards for her books, including the American Book Award and two Caldecott Medals for Illustration. Ms. Cooney lives in Damariscotta, Maine.

Alice McLerran was an "Army brat" and moved every year or so -- from Hawaii to Germany, from New York to Ecuador.

She still leads a gypsy life, traveling the world with her physicist husband and dividing time between their home in New York and their "dacha" in the mountains of Oregon. She's happy to visit schools anywhere! The McLerran cat, Shuwa, prefers to stay home.

"Children often ask me how I started being a writer, and I tell them: by loving stories. My mother made up stories at bedtime, and my grandmother was a story-teller as well. I always read, and read, and read. I think most writers do. One bit of luck, I think, was that from the first I wrote for others. Over the years I made countless poems and little books as gifts. When you write for real readers, of course you want to do your best." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 3 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
when I was a kid I loved this book.I had my mother read it to me every night. If it was a movie it would be making millions in the box office. The author made a home run with this one.
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I absolutely loved this book. I gave it to my 15 year old son who was 9 at the time. He loved to stay in the house and he loved to read at the time so I bought him a lot of books over the summer. Roxaboxen was one of the books that I bought. I have never regretted it. I read the book first, then gave it to my son. He loved it. We talked about the book for about 30 minutes. He really liked that they used their imagination because they didn't have to think about how dismal their surroundings really were. It was really a beautiful conversation. He still remembers the book and says that it is his favorite. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether it's an adult with a vivid imagination to a kid with an overactive imagination to one who needs to use their imagination.
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I love this story because it opens up possibilities in the minds of readers. It reminds me of my own childhood play unhindered by adult involvement. My children and I want to visit Roxaboxen someday but we have recreated our own versions in our play together.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f3f3e0) out of 5 stars Roxaboxen...a wonderful place to imagine! 12 May 2001
By Sallie Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
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!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f3f434) out of 5 stars An incredible world for kids 13 July 2004
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a127d2c) out of 5 stars Roxaboxen written by Alice Mc Lerran 10 Mar. 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9963212c) out of 5 stars Wonderful picture book geared towards adults 27 Feb. 2004
By Jessica Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f3f8fc) out of 5 stars Remember your childhood with this book 11 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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