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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 www.guidecraft.com/SteveLight to watch Light show you how it’s done. For ages 4 and older.

Little One Inch Story Box by Guidecraft, $50, www.cricketmag.com.

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