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Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!
     

Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!

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by Joan Holub, Leslie Patricelli
 

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When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her.

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When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/11/2014
In one of two titles launching the Mini Myths series, Goddess Girls author Holub presents less a retelling of the story of Pandora than a modern (and entirely delightful) twist on it. Instructed by her mother not to open a neatly wrapped box, Pandora grins mischievously at readers. “I am not opening the box. I am only touching it.” Luckily, after bouncing on the box causes it to fly open, it isn’t the evils of the world that pour out. Patricelli’s preschool-age Pandora couldn’t be cuter, and an endnote explains the original myth in greater detail. Genuinely funny and sweet. Simultaneously available: Play Nice, Hercules! Ages 1–3. Author’s agent: Liza Pulitzer Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)
starred review Publishers' Weekly

STARRED REVIEW
"Genuinely funny and sweet."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
Pandora, a curious, modern-day tyke, is forbidden by her mother to open a certain box in this tale loosely based on the Greek myth. She touches, leans, stands and bounces on the box, which, in kid logic, is not actually opening it. After one bounce too many, the box opens, and cupcakes explode all over the floor (luckily not plagues and other evils, but smashed cupcakes are equally upsetting). Pandora and her mother find one intact cupcake left in the box as the girl asks, "Do you still love me? I hope so." Her mother answers in the affirmative, and they hug. While light on mythology, Pandora's encounter with the box is remarkably entertaining, and youngsters will relate to the glee she takes in bending the rules. Patricelli captures Pandora's chutzpah in delightful painted cartoons in rich colors, while Holub contributes only one or two lines of text per page. The companion title, Play, Nice Hercules, is an even looser interpretation of the 12 labors of Hercules, but little ones will identify with his impossible task of playing nice with his sister. A paragraph-long note appears on the back page of both titles relating the Pandora and Hercules myths in simple language, but this will likely go over the heads of most toddlers. Parents expecting to introduce tots to classic myths will be disappointed, but the life lessons the source material inspires are spot-on. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613126752
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Series:
Mini Myths Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Holub is an award-winning, bestselling author of over 130 children’s books, including the popular series Goddess Girls. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Leslie Patricelli has published over 25 books for children, including Yummy Yucky and other titles in the bestselling Bald Baby board book series. She lives in Hailey, Idaho.

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Be Patient, Pandora! (Mini Myths) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
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Asand More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it. I was so lucky and honored to be picked to review these books!  I want to send a big thanks to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Mrs. Joan Holub for giving me the opportunity to dive into these adorable books.  So I have four boys and my youngest is six years old, which didn't exactly fit into the age limit for the book, but I have to say he still enjoyed these books very much!  And I did too!  He is still learning to read and we really enjoyed the easiness of the words in Be Patient, Pandora.  These board books are also a great way to get our little ones interested in the Greek mythology we love so much.  They are so colorful and the pictures are fun and adorable, getting even my older sons (9 &11 yrs old)  peeking over our shoulders as we read.  Mrs. Holub does a fantastic job of introducing some of the popular myths to younger kids with situations that are much easier to grasp for a 6 year old and under.  In Be Patient, Pandora  our main character learns that her curiosity can get her in trouble if she doesn't heed her Mother's warnings.  These books are adorable and I am totally in love with them!  My only problem is I wish they were around when my twins were this young.  This is definitely a five heart book!