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Fox on a box was one of our most recent books from the library and when we read it my daughter and myself enjoyed it so I thought I would tell you about it.
Fox on a box is written by Phil Roxbee Cox and illustrated by Stephen Cartwright, it is published by Usborne publishing and is one of the phonics readers series of which there are 12 different books of one of which is about a different animal. The book has a RRP of £4.99 but as with just about any book it can be picked up slightly cheaper on Amazon at £4.49.
The front cover shows a fox sat on top of something which once you have read the book you realise is the box, the fox has a very mischievous look on his face which my daughter described as his cheeky smile. The background of the cover is blue in colour which is darker around the edge and lighter blue in the middle.
This book supports the synthetic phonics learning, there are 40 different phonemes in the English language some of which are simply one letter and some of which are more than one such as sh. The book helps children learn to read by introducing them to the phonemes and then helping them see how to blend them together.
The story begins with a hungry fox finding a box and deciding to try and get a peach off the tree, he stands on the box and stretches to reach the peach, there is a flap on the page and when you lift it up you find the fox has fallen off the box and the peach has landed on his head. On the next page the fox decides to push the fox into position to reach the top of a wall where he tries to get some eggs but again the fox falls and this time is splatted with the eggs.
Throughout the book the fox ends up with a beehive on his head, being pulled into a lake by a duck and finally falling into the box as a puppy pushes it underneath him. The fox is however very keen to get back into the box when he finds he has cream on his nose and there is a huge cream cake in the box.
Every other page of the book has a flap to lift and reveal what has happened to the fox and the illustrations are big and bold without too much detail yet still very appealing. The book is very repetitive which is a way of helping children to learn the phonemes and as an extra you have to find a duck on every page which is only little and tends to be peeping out from behind something.
My daughter and myself really enjoyed this book, she found it very funny everything that was happening to the box and when he pulled the eggs off the wall she managed to link this to Humpty Dumpty so we had a nursery rhyme in the middle of reading the book. When we had finished reading the book we went back through and recited the letter sounds which I found really helpful for my daughter and as she is four and about to start big school this is the perfect book for her age. I know she would recommend this book and I am going to ask the library if they have any more in the range on our next visit.
The Phonics Readers collection is an excellent series of books that feature a group of animals. Each book tells the story of one animal through rhyme and repetition of the Phonics, and it is meant to help young children when they are then learning to read.
Fox on a Box was the first one i came across out of the set, and as a result i bought a set of 10 from the Book People for £10, and i thought this was an absolute bargain.
The book is aimed at children who are a little bit older in the toddler range. My 2 and 3 year olds both love to listen to them, but the 2 year old has managed to rip some pages when he has been turning them as they are thinner paper than some of their other books. This is mainly because some pages have partial flaps on them, and it is this bit that has caused problems rather than the pages themselves.
In this book featuring Fox, he is feeling really hungry, and you follow his journey as he stands on the box to try and reach different sorts of food. He keeps falling over.
This is another rhyming book, and i have found again that my eldest son has memorised most of the story. Each story is 16 pages long, so i feel a really suitable length for a childrens story as they will not be bored.
The illustrations match well to what is happening in the story, and provide a talking point for you with the child.
I am hoping my sons will have an advantage as i know the Jolly Phonics system is used at their nursery school when introducing reading, and they are well practiced in rhyming books. If not, we have enjoyed ourselves while reading these books.
A great example of the Usborne Phonics readers range, short stories that I truly believe will help encourage my son to read.
It is full of short sentances and lots of repetition of words. The story is also quite short, but I think that helps my son to stay interested in the book instead of getting distracted before the end of the story.
The graphics are lovely and the text is a good size, also the text doesnt get lost in the pictures as I have found in some books.
There are lift the flap pages which my son finds very interesting.
Another bonus for me is that is it nice thick shiny pages, you can feel the quality and I dont think they would tear very easily when pulled about abit.
The only fault I would have is, although the story makes sense the use of short sentances can make it seem to jump abit.
Overall I would recomend this book
Fox on a Box is another book from the Usborne Phonics Readers series for 3-5yr olds. It retails at £4.99 individually but you can get it as part of a box set for a discounted price usually if you prefer. I got the box set including twelve titles from the Usborne Phonics Readers series for £9.99 from the Book People. I'm reviewing all of the titles that we own so please see my other reviews if you're thinking about buying any of the titles from this series.
Fox on a Box takes us on a little journey with a comical cartoon fox and his box. He's got his box from the outset, and the story focuses on what he can use his box for. He tries to stand on it to reach things, but falls off every time with results that will amuse little readers. He tries to sit on it, but a duck comes along and pulls him off. Then he tries again to stand up on it but this time he doesn't fall off, he falls in it. Luckily he finds there's a good reason to be in the box - it's got a cake in it!
This book is really fun for little readers. I don't think it'll help them out too much with phonics, as the words are mostly repetitive and surrounded by confusing punctuation too. So I think this is another one from the series that is best used as either a story book, or for helping early readers to commit a few key words to memory. They make good use of repeated expressions in this book, such as "hungry fox" and the fact that he keeps getting on the box rather than using it in too many different ways. That all helps to get early readers to memorise some words, even if it isn't making great use of the new phonics system.
There are a few lift-the-flap pages in this book which is great for getting kids interested, and the illustrations are simple but bright and attractive. The font size is sufficient for little readers to see clearly, though the style of font is again not ideal. I don't think funky fonts are a good idea for beginners but maybe that's just me.
I think all in all this is a funny little book that our grandson really enjoyed. I don't rate it very highly as an early reader book, but it's certainly worth having as a story that you can share with a little one in the hope that they'll start to pick up a word or two as you go. I'd rate it three and a half stars out of five if I could.
This book is another one of the great phonic readers series by Usborne books. Fox on a Box is written by by Phil Roxbee Cox and illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. Within this series there are 12 books. They each retail at £4.99 or you can purchase all 12 books in 2 bound books that retail at £9.99 each.
This specific book is about a hungry fox who finds a box. He uses the box to assist him in trying to get different yummy food items. For example, he stands on the box to reach some yummy pies and he sits on the box to go fishing. He pushes the box everywhere but to no avail, he isn't able to get any of the yummy foods. Then fox falls off and into the box, the question is what does he find inside?
Each of these books is based on synthetic phonics - recognition of distinct sounds that go together to make up words. Some sounds are a single letter, others can be combinations of letters e.g. sh, ch, ar. Sounds go together by blending them and making words, e.g. m-ou-se = mouse. This method of reading supports children in learning to read as it can build their confidence at reading new words and enabling them to break the new word down in order to read it.
In this story there are a lot of rhyming words, again this helps with learning about reading and building words using the phonics method.
The story can be read alongside an adult. For those children who are beginner readers they will need little help as they learn the new phonic sounds and put the technique of sounding out the words into practise, e.g. f-o-x, b-o-x.
This book has lively illustrations, they are colourful and represent the story well. Therefore they can also be used for helping a beginner reader to read words, using the pictures and the storyline to make an educated guess. This book is also interactive as there are lift the flap pages incorporated into it. There is also the infamous Usborne duck to be found on each of the double pages within the story.
These books are excellent for teaching children to read. They are suitable for a range of ages. The younger child 2 years plus will enjoy the story and naming the characters and an older child, 4 years plus, will begin to develop their own reading skills.
These are excellent and versatile books for children to enjoy.