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Friday 14 October 2016

Review: Pandora

Pandora is a wee fox who lives alone in a destitute place. Perhaps there was once a war here. The mountains of rubble and discarded objects she forages in feel deeply sad, yet in a house on stilts, perched on nearby hills, is where she calls home.

Pandora spends her time recycling and upcycling the objects others have left behind. Her house is a patchwork of re-used treasure--and her mission is to bring forgotten things back to life.

But Pandora is lonely.

One day, a little bird drops out of the sky. Pandora scoops it up and nurses it back to health. And as the bird grows stronger and stronger, she sets it free. Happily, the bird frequently returns, bringing her little gifts from faraway places--a twig, a flower, a leaf.

Then one day, the bird doesn't come back. And Pandora's heart breaks. Until the bird returns again.

This is a gentle, traditional storyline with a simple plot and a deeply woven theme of friendship. It also tells a cyclical tale of the seasons and the seasons of life--celebrating the new, the renewed and reborn. It's themes are of friendship, hope and renewal yes, but it also combines several threads of renewal into one storyline. 

Victoria Turnbull's sweetly-rendered illustrations have a soft light, and qsoar in and out from full-scene vistas to close-ups and vignettes, giving the book a cinematic feel.

Pandora would make a lovely gift book for a newborn.

Title: Pandora
Author/Illustrator: Victoria Turnbull
Publisher: Frances Lincoln, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 November 2016
Format: Hard cover with metallic cover
ISBN: 9781847807496
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book