Not a Stick

A celebration of the power of imagination from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award winning creator of Not a BoxExperience the thrill of the moment when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real Following the critically acclaimed Not a Box, this book proves that a stick is not always just a stick Whether it s conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or sA celebration of the power of imagination from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award winning creator of Not a BoxExperience the thrill of the moment when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real Following the critically acclaimed Not a Box, this book proves that a stick is not always just a stick Whether it s conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin.
Not a Stick A celebration of the power of imagination from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award winning creator of Not a BoxExperience the thrill of the moment when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes

  • Title: Not a Stick
  • Author: Antoinette Portis
  • ISBN: 9780061123252
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Not a Stick”

    1. I used to pretend all sorts of stuff when I was little. Fortress out of Construx, plastic bag as parachute, all the standard stuff. I distinctly remember trying out that last one with a leap off the top of the swing set. Needless to say, I didn’t give that a second attempt. Imagination was a big part of my life. With “Not a Stick”, Antoinette Portis follows the pro-imagination blueprint of 2006’s “Not a Box”, creating a worthy follow up.The book kinda goes like this: an off-camera na [...]

    2. Be honest. How many of you folks out there routinely check closets for a secret passage to Narnia? Be honest! Okay, just me? That's okay too. Well, how many of you love letting your imagination run wild? Or, if you don't do so now, can you at least remember how exhilerating it was to be little? When pretending felt SO real and SO fun? This book is about just that. It is a sheer delight to read to pre-schoolers as they try to conjure up potential scenarios the main character (a pig, I think?) co [...]

    3. I liked this one even more than [Not a Box:]. This book captures so well children’s imaginative play. I remember playing like this; I’ve observed many, many children playing like this. The ending doesn’t quite live up to the rest of the book text wise but the illustrations work perfectly throughout. I do wonder whether nostalgic adults might enjoy this book more than children will though.

    4. The other day my kids were playing with pretzel sticks, trying to get their siblings to guess what they were imagining their sticks to be: airplanes, horses, etc. I listened to their play, and then pulled out this book to read to them. I wondered if they would follow the sparse text, but they didn't need any prompting to understand the subtle story of Pig and his everything-stick. They loved turning each page to see what the stick would be next, trying to anticipate the evolution of Pig's creati [...]

    5. Sorry to see there were not stickers in it. I hate to be a stickler about it. Except my library copy was a bit sticky Sorry to be a stick in the mud but a book shouldn't be sticky without stickers. But this is a book that'll stick around for sure.Stick.

    6. Super cute book that encourages imagination. The illustrations are my favorite kind. From the very first page (as in before the actual story even starts) I was in love with this little pig. On th epage with the dedication you can see him reaching for his stick and it's such a sweet innocent lovely little picture. How can you not love this book? We read it a lot before deciding to return it to the library. I'd definitely check it out again.

    7. Not A Stick is a little gem of a picture book. The entire book is about 75 words and illustrated primarily with line drawings. The story revolves around our (unnamed) main character who is a young pig. He is continually being questioned about the stick he is carrying: why is he carrying it, be careful with it, etc. Throughout the story our hero emphatically denies that what he is holding is a "stick."The illustrations for each of his responses reveal that the "stick" is alternately a fishing pol [...]

    8. A follow-up book to Not a Box.This follow-up book has all the problems of the original (basically an inability to find a satisfactory climax to the book), without many of its redeeming features.They've attempted to bring across the design elements - this book's cover looks like a plank of wood. Of course a stick doesn't actually look like a neatly cut plank of wood at all And the original's cover actually felt like a cardboard box - this version's cover feels like a book cover.The ability to see [...]

    9. Not A Stick by Antionette Portis is in the same tradition as the predecessor, Not a box. A little pig is imagining with a stick. His adult continues to call it a stick when the little pig tries to explain that it is not a stick. His imagination turns it into everything from a paintbrush to a sword to tackle a dragon. This is an excellent early story book especially good for 2-3 year olds with short attention spans because there is little text per page. It can lead the discussion about pretending [...]

    10. I am a fan of Antoinette Portis' books. NOT A STICK is cleverly designed. The illustrations and text are ridiculously simple that I can't help but love it. In just a few words, Antoinette manages to bring the MC's imagination to life. The dialogue that occurs is genuine. The fact that the MC is a pig is also very funny. I love the layout and the pacing of the book. The square- shaped book also has a quality that I love. It's simplistic design gives way for big ideas and imagination that the book [...]

    11. I love this book! Antoinette Portis is amazing and I love how she is promoting imagination and creativity heavily throughout this book. I think that this is an excellent tool to use in the classroom, so that students can see that teachers value creativity and that their thoughts and imaginations are important to their learning process. Great book indeed!

    12. Not a Stick, another title from the imaginative Portis, about imagination. a stick, and a sheep. The "adult" words are on a tan background, whensheep is thinking it is a white background and the imagined uses of the stick on a blue background. The cover has a wood grain effect. Overall a graphic delight and I like this one a little more than, Not a Box.

    13. Just like "Not a Box" only using a stick. This would be great for text-to-text comparison within the class, but also to inspire creativity by giving children their own stick to get creative with. They could then do a show and share with their creations. Endless lesson potential to assess in all domains!

    14. 29 months - We picked this one up after really enjoying Not a Box. This is the same concept but wasn't quite as well received by O as the box story which she completely loved. We probably just need to pick up more sticks on our hikes and park walks. :D

    15. Aria (5) really liked this book and guessing what was next. Only complaint is we would have liked it to be longer!

    16. Yup, it's a redo of "Not A Box", only with a stick. But considering the message of using your imagination rather than buying a fancy toy, it's a message worth repeating.

    17. While this was a cute book, I prefer Not a Box. Like Not a Box, I feel like little kids would like this book. Since the book was written for that audience, it does its job. I appreciate that it shows kids how to use their imagination and have adventures with everyday objects. You don't need a screen or something that required batteries to have fun.Author: Antoinette PortisPublisher: HarperCollinsPublication Date: 2007

    18. Of course, a stick is never just a stick either. (See my review for the first book:Not a Box )My son was disappointed a mechanical weapon used to fight the bad guys was not a choice we see the little pig explore, but as a mom, that was fine by me! An adorable read that reminds me of the illustrations and imagination inHarold and the Purple Crayon.

    19. Like the book "Not a Box", I love the imagination that is sparked in this book. A great way to connect with kids. I also love the pictures that turn this not stick in a great creation. Also as an adult this is a reminder that imagination is important and we should not limit this from out students and children. Grade level: k-2Genre: modern fantasy

    20. Antoinette Portis again captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless—whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon—give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin.

    21. 11/3/2017 ** A celebration of imaginative play. Also, a possible addition to a unit on illustration.

    22. Cute and encourages imagination, but also seems to say that adults do not encourage imagination, which I dislike. Could be good for a storytime, but it's short. Good overall.

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