Pandora's Vase

Pandora's Vase

by Cari Meister, McLean Kendree
     
 

Pandora is always curious. When a messenger arrives with a beautiful golden vase from Zeus, Pandora is entranced by it. She longs to open its lid, but Zeus has told her not to. Will Pandora be able to keep her curiosity under control?  See more details below

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Pandora is always curious. When a messenger arrives with a beautiful golden vase from Zeus, Pandora is entranced by it. She longs to open its lid, but Zeus has told her not to. Will Pandora be able to keep her curiosity under control?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
A long time ago, two brothers were given the job to create creatures to live on the earth. The brothers made animals first and then men. One of the brothers stole fire from Mount Olympus to keep the men warm. Zeus was furious about this deed and decided to punish mankind. That punishment came as a beautiful woman. The most beautiful god, Aphrodite, serves as the inspiration for this woman with other gods contributing gifts. The woman's name is Pandora, which means "all gifts." Pandora marries and receives a gift from Zeus, a large vase with elaborate carvings on it. Along with the gift comes a card from Zeus; the card instructs Pandora to never open the vase. Pandora tries to occupy herself but her curiosity gets the better of her. She cannot resist the vase and what it might hold. As she opens the vase's lid, a violent wind bursts forth. She realizes she has let out the evils of mankind; only that which remains inside of the vase gives Pandora any encouragement: hope. This retelling of the Pandora myth gives a positive ending to a startling and dark story. The digital illustrations may appeal to second or third grade readers but they do not create a very sympathetic picture of Pandora. Readers would be better to choose Robert Burleigh's retelling with its glowing watercolor illustrations. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404866683
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Greek Myths Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,187,978
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.

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