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Pandora has been warned about the forbidden jar. Although she is surrounded with gifts and has rooms, gardens, and a courtyard to explore, Pandora is drawn to one room—the one that holds that jar. Is Pandora’s curiosity a curse?
In a seamless blend of prose and verse—and drawing from traditional mythological sources—Robert Burleigh dramatically tells Pandora's story for young readers. Complemented by Raul ...

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Overview

Pandora has been warned about the forbidden jar. Although she is surrounded with gifts and has rooms, gardens, and a courtyard to explore, Pandora is drawn to one room—the one that holds that jar. Is Pandora’s curiosity a curse?
In a seamless blend of prose and verse—and drawing from traditional mythological sources—Robert Burleigh dramatically tells Pandora's story for young readers. Complemented by Raul Colón's bold illustrations, Pandora is an unforgettable introduction to the classic myth.

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Publishers Weekly
King-Smith provides frothy fun with this blithe tale about a precocious baby. Four-week-old George shocks his sister, seven-year-old Laura, when he begins to converse in full sentences. George convinces his sibling to keep his gift a secret from their parents, particularly after a tentative test ("Yes, Mommy," he says at six weeks) produces full-blown shock and the couple threatens to call a doctor ("We're going to have to slow things down a bit. That's the trouble with grown-ups something out of the ordinary happens and they panic. Children are so much more sensible," George tells Laura). Meanwhile, Laura finds it's useful having someone to help her with her multiplication tables (her brother knows them all). Eventually, George finds a way to wean his baffled parents from their incessant baby talk, and they soon grow accustomed to his abilities. When he requests an encyclopedia for his first birthday, "They did not even flinch." King-Smith mines his entertaining premise, delivering a steady stream of droll observations and snappy comebacks (" `But George,' said Laura, `how do you know the English language?' `Well, I'm English, aren't I?' "). Brown's impish line drawings of the round-headed family provide the icing on the (birthday) cake, as all of the one-year-old's party guests gape in wide-eyed wonder. Beginning readers will eat it up. Ages 7-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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This is the story of the classic Greek myth of Pandora, the beautiful woman obsessed with her own curiosity and ultimately tempted to satisfy it. The author gives a good explanation of the myth's origins at the beginning of the book as well as a glossary of Greek gods' names. All of this not only helps the reader understand the plot better, but also the magnitude of Pandora's crime. The text is almost poetic in its verse-like design. Language is used carefully, precisely and pointedly. This adds to the suspense of the story as the reader feels Pandora's temptation rise. The illustrations resemble gallery oil paintings as each is carefully framed on a page. The entire book gives an aura of seriousness and concern; the magnitude of Pandora's weakness is appreciated. Older children will understand the moral behind this story and acknowledge the strength of temptation and the power of hope. It is a book to be discussed. 2002, Harcourt,
— Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In retelling the myth, Burleigh concentrates on Pandora's obsession with the forbidden jar (rather than box, here). She tries to distract herself with arts and crafts; she considers the story of Prometheus (painted on the jar) as a warning, but temptation is too strong. The author incorporates the story of Pandora's creation, and emphasizes her courage, so that even her transgression seems daring rather than foolish. And finally Pandora clings, triumphantly, to the hope remaining behind. The text, arranged in lines like free verse, is rhythmic and clear, with short, simple sentences. A list of Greek names helps with identification, though not with pronunciation. The romantic watercolor colored-pencil illustrations have narrow borders and textured grounds. Blues and greens dominate the muted palette. Gently glowing gold highlights suffuse the scenes, whether in- or outdoors, contributing to the iconic flatness of the pictures. A certain stiffness in the figures (and awkwardly drawn feet) hardly detracts from the graceful drama that unfolds, signaled by the cover's silent-scream close-up. This Pandora is tempting.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The myth of Pandora is told in compelling free verse with striking, colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations. Burleigh sticks fairly close to his sources, choosing the jar, rather than the box, as the thing-that-must-not-be-opened. It's made clear that Zeus seeks to punish humankind for receiving fire from Prometheus; it is Prometheus' brother who receives Pandora (her name means all-gifted) as his wife. She's beautiful and has many skills, but is obsessed by the jar that she must not open. Why, she reasons, would the goddess Athena give her "the power to think and wonder-And order her not to use it?" She opens the jar, and all manner of evil escapes. Only hope is left behind. Colon uses his colors lightly to show the texture of the paper, creating wonderful, almost iridescent effects: rich purples, golds, blues, and greens. Very different in tone and effect from the lyrical Dora's Box (1998), this is darker but still accessible, though it may have trouble finding its audience because of its mature treatment. (cast of characters) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152021788
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BURLEIGH is the author of many highly praised books for children, including Goal and Hoops. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

RAUL COLÓN has illustrated more than fifteen books for children, including My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in New City, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Traditional Greek Tale

    PANDORA is the traditional greek myth re-told in a traditional way, no surprises. The first few pages read like a poem, which may be lost on younger students. The style of the book switches from poem to prose, from present tense to reflection, and those unfamiliar with Greek mythological characters will need to refer frequently to the Greek god Guide at the beginning of the book.

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