Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2017 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Publisher: Bayard Presse
Newsstand Price: $6.70
Subscription Price: $60.90 / 10 Issues

StoryBox, the first in a series of progressively-leveled magazines by Bayard, is a 54-page book for children aged three through six years, includes four main sections: Story Time, Discovery, Adventures, and Games. The beautifully illustrated stories, written by authors from around the world, are perfect for reading aloud. The Discovery section features Animal World in which children read about a particular animal, its characteristics, its typical food, and its habitat. There is also a Did You Know section with interesting facts and trivia about the animal. "The Jolly Family who always looks on the bright side of life," Samsam the Smallest of the Big Heroes, and Little Brown Bear share the Adventure section of StoryBox. These short, easy-to-digest stories focus on lessons such as cooperation, acceptance, and friendship. Perhaps one of the most engaging portions of the magazine is "Polo," in which children create their own stories to describe the illustrations. Although each story-in-waiting is titled (the birthday party, a great present) children will delight in making up a new story each time. Each StoryBox issue also contains several pages of games and activities such as fill-in-the-letters, find the objects, find differences, picture sequencing, connect the dots, crossword puzzles, and coloring pages, all of which hone important key pre-reading and writing skills. This magazine's well-written stories and its entertaining comics and activities are a lovely way to get children excited about reading.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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