Tags: Adventure, Emotion, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Picture Book, K-5, Sarah Luce

Genre: Fiction

Descriptive Annotation:

Roxaboxen is a story based on the childhood experiences of the author’s mother growing up in Arizona. It is about young kids who would play in the desert across the street from their homes as they created a town and their own little society. They made houses, streets, & businesses, had cars & horses, & even had a mayor & policeman. As the children grew into adults, they still carried their memories of Roxaboxen with them, & it was still there years later, physically và in spirit. There is an author’s lưu ý at the end, commenting on the origins of the story and how her mother’s memories helped the author và illustrator create the book.

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Classroom Application:

This book could be used in classrooms khổng lồ reinforce lessons about desert areas, such as Arizona, where this story originated. The illustrations depict the landscape và flora quite accurately. The book could also be used as an example to show students how khổng lồ work well together in creating something. Lượt thích the children in the book played together và created a town, so could students learn to work together on things like projects and tasks in the classroom.

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Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis:

Depending on where one lives, this book could give a class insight into what it is lượt thích to live in a desert area. It looks much different than living in the Midwest, & there are lots of different cultures in the Western United States that are not as common in places like Illinois. It could also be used lớn show the culture of times in the past. In today’s society, children have many things that keep them occupied inside, lượt thích phones & tablets and television. Back in 1991 when this book was written, children entertained themselves a lot by playing outside và using imagination. This book gives insight to children who grew up being creative and inventive with what they could find outside, lượt thích “a tin box filled with round đen pebbles… were the money of Roxaboxen” (page 6) or creating cars out of “something round for a steering wheel” (page 15). I might introduce this book by asking my students to imagine living before a lot of technology và I might ask them what things they could vì chưng to have fun without tablets & televisions.



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