Synopsis from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Website:
Pandora lives alone, in a world of broken things. She makes herself a handsome home, but no one ever comes to visit. Then one day something falls from the sky
. . . a bird with a broken wing.
Little by little, Pandora helps the bird grow stronger. Little by little, the bird helps Pandora feel less lonely. The bird begins to fly again, and always comes back—bringing seeds and flowers and other small gifts. But then one day, it flies away and doesn’t return. Pandora is heartbroken.
Until things begin to grow . . .
About: Pandora is a children’s fiction picture book written and illustrated by Victoria Turnbull. It will be published on 4/4/2017 by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, 32 pages. This book is for ages 4 to 7, grades P to 3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s mission, “we aim to spark a lifelong love of learning in every individual we touch”. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Pandora on 3/3/17 as a bedtime story for my 5 year-old son and we finished it that same night. This book is so beautiful, especially the illustrations! I’m happy to learn from the back of the book that the illustrations were done in colored pencil and watercolor. How cool! This book is focused more in pictures than in words and my son and I loved to study the pictures. We hope the story were longer too.
In this book, readers will follow Pandora, a fox, who lives alone surrounded by broken things. She takes these broken things and makes them whole again like sewing up a ripped apart teddy bear. Her home is beautifully made of broken things but she never has any visitors. One day Pandora rescues a bird and gives it love and care. The bird recovers enough to fly about but always returns. One day he doesn’t return and as Pandora feels totally alone again, something magical happens. This is a beautiful book of hope, friendship, and nature. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I am absolutely in love with the pictures! I am dreaming to live in that tree house there!
Pro: illustrations, friendship, fixing broken things, bird
Con: not enough words in this story
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Victoria Turnbull was born in York, and spent her childhood absorbed by books and drawing. She went on to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and in 2013, won the Association of Illustrators New Talent Award in the Children’s Book category. Victoria now lives in East London, where she both writes and illustrates her own stories.
Victoria’s debut picture book, The Sea Tiger, was published by Templar in June 2014. The Sea Tiger was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, 2015. Victoria had two new picture books out in 2016. Kings of the Castle was published by Templar in May, and Pandora was published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in November. (Info obtained from author’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.