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this weeks library book

We love Not a Box, the first book in this series by Antoinette Portis. We own it. We read it all the time. So Bee and C were excited to see another book by Ms. Portis, Not a Stick.

Not a Stick is about a little pig playing with a stick. Each spread shows this pig using his stick in a different way. "Look where you're going with that stick."

"What stick?" answers the little pig. Holding his stick in one hand, he imagines he is the leader of a marching band.

Or he imagines he is fishing off a pier, using his stick as a fishing pole. Other spreads show the little pig as a weightlifter, or fighting a fire breathing dragon.

Such a simple idea turned into such a beautiful little book. I love any book that encourages a child's imagination, and what child doesn't like to play with a stick? Or an empty box?

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Reader Comments (24)

What a wonderful little book! We will have to look for it next time we are at the library.

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

thank you for the fantastic book recommendations. we also enjoyed 'not a box' so i will definitely look for the latest book at the library.

04.26.2009 | Unregistered Commenterloren weltsch

You keep giving me great ideas of what to send my nieces. Thank you!

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Hi Brooke,
I'm a new reader to your blog. I love all your book suggestions and reading about your sewing adventures. You have provided me with a lot of inspiration! Thank you! I look forward to reading more. ~Annette

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

My boys fight over sticks! :) Great recommendation.

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

I love seeing those little hands!

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRB

I bought the "box" companion to that book for a friend's daughter a while back.
Lovely series.

04.26.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdesiree fawn

I was ironing my little boys school shorts yesterday and found a stick in his pocket. "what is this doing here?" I asked as I was about to throw it away "Don't throw that, that is my special school stick"????
Don't underestimate the importance of a stick!!

04.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Antidote

This book looks wonderful. It's so true what you say about children enjoying playing with sticks and empty boxes. My 11 month old daughter is in her element when surronded by kitchen utensils or cardboard boxes, she prefers all these things so much more than hr actual toys!

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Awesome little book :)

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

Great graphics. My sons also adore sticks. This is perfect.

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHasley

we own both of these and they are well-read!! aren't they fabulous????

04.27.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

I have added this to my Amazon wishlist... it looks like a lovely book.

great book recommendation thanx!!

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterABby

Very Postmodern in such a cute way. I've read Not a Box before to a little person, I think a cousin. I liked it. I'll have to look at this one.

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannonM

I *love* those books.

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Oh, I don't know this one, and it's perfect for my small ones--the older (7) loves sticks that are not sticks, and the younger (4) loves piggies. Off to reserve it at MY library!

04.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaige Orloff

I found this in a used bookstore last week! My friend and I (both 22 and childless) found it utterly charming and captivating.

04.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

I love the simplicity of this book and the illustrations. Makes me want to renew my library card!

04.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosebud

"A Penguin Story" is the latest by Portis. It's also great although in my opinion not quite as good as the "Not a ..." books.

04.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

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