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Expanding language skills

Story in a box

Parents are their child’s first storytellers, so why not be the best you can be with the “Little One Inch Story Box.” Designed by educator-artist Steve Light, the keepsake wooden box (measuring 8-inches wide by 11.25-inches deep by 3-inches high) holds a story booklet and five hand-painted, resin characters that enable the storyteller to act out the classic Japanese folktale, “Little One Inch,” about a little boy who is short on stature but long on courage as he battles his way out of the belly of the “oni,” or demon. Visit to watch Light show you how it’s done. For ages 4 and older.

Little One Inch Story Box by Guidecraft, $50,

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