Do Not Open!: The Story of Pandora's Box

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Learn the story of Pandora’s Box in this beautifully illustrated Level 2 Ready-to-Read retelling of the myth, from Goddess Girls author Joan Holub!

When Pandora receives a shiny, gold box that says “Do Not Open!” she is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it! Hundreds of bugs are let loose to fill the world with trouble. Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help: a fairy called Hope.

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Overview

Learn the story of Pandora’s Box in this beautifully illustrated Level 2 Ready-to-Read retelling of the myth, from Goddess Girls author Joan Holub!

When Pandora receives a shiny, gold box that says “Do Not Open!” she is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it! Hundreds of bugs are let loose to fill the world with trouble. Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help: a fairy called Hope.

This Ready-to-Read retelling of the story of Pandora’s Box is an ideal introduction to mythology for beginning readers.

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Children's Literature - Lisa Czirr
The myth of Pandora’s Box is retold in a format that is very accessible to early readers in this “Ready-to-Read” book. A paragraph before the story introduces the concept of myths, and then the opening page sets the scene in ancient Greece. Pandora is introduced as a woman happily married to her husband, Epimetheus. (Fortunately, there are helpful pronunciation guides for the Greek names). Although the people of Greece are happy, the gods feel unappreciated. The gods’ solution is to send down the infamous box, complete with a humorous “no” tag attached, warning against opening it. Pandora, of course, cannot stop envisioning what could be in the box, leading to a series of entertaining illustrations of the possibilities that she imagines. When she opens the box, “trouble bugs” fly out and make everyone miserable. Attempting to shut the box is futile, but there is something still left inside: Hope, in the form of a fairy. Since this story is an adaptation of the classic myth, there are some significant differences that make the content age appropriate. The bugs and fairy, for instance, both concretely depict the otherwise abstract manifestations that come from the original box. In the end, a question is posed to the reader to consider his or her own hopes. The illustrations in this book back up the text, guiding readers along the way. This book is a great way to introduce students to mythology by reading it themselves. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 6 to 8.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442484979
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Ready-to-Reads Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 677,912
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Holub

Joan Holub is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, Zero the Hero, Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, and Shampoodle. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her at JoanHolub.com.

Dani Jones is an artist and a writer. She went to Brigham Young University-Idaho and now lives in New Hampshire, where she works drawing for children’s books, comics, apps, and magazines. When she is not drawing, she is usually making a pie.

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