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Kids Fiction 179
fun day at the park with Stanley and friends
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Stanley heads to the park with Little Woo and Betty in this cute board book. STANLEY'S TOY BOX depicts a fun day at the park, playing with all sorts of fun toys, including buckets for making sand castles, boats in the pond, and flying kites. The board book tells a simple story of fun with friends and toys. The day ends when they all help to clean up their toys.

What I loved: This is a simple and fun story that is easy for young readers to follow. The three characters are shown in different scenes playing together in the park. The pictures are full of color, and there are even some silly mishaps, like how the wind-up submarine knocks over the sailboats that will make toddlers giggle. The book also demonstrates good behaviors like sharing, cleaning up, saying thank you, and apologizing when toys get out of hand (when the beach ball bowling knocks over the sand castle Little Woo is building).

This is really easy to read with clear, bold font, and the size of the board book is great for little hands. The whole series is great for children who are learning characters and will appreciate the familiar faces of Stanley and his friends.

What left me wanting more: As a very small point, a lot of the toys seem to interfere with each other, which can demonstrate what to do when there are mishaps, but it seems a bit too frequent. It's also not totally clear what happened with the remote control plane - I think it's just knocking around the kites, but I am not totally sure.

Final verdict: STANLEY'S TOY BOX is another fun installment in a cute board book series, featuring familiar characters and lots of fun at the park. With bright colors, good behaviors, and simple text, this book is great for infants and young toddlers.
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