Now hold on...it's not what you're thinking. It's not THAT Pandora's box...but rather a box frozen in ice that a little girl penguin named Pandora stumbles upon one day in her chosen outdoor adventure. Hmm...a box frozen in ice at the bottom of the ocean...okay, so maybe there's a chance it IS that box after all... *-* ...but no warning needed for the kiddos because this ebook is reader friendly. Though everyone can walk away with a different impression on a book's message, my mind retained the proclamations of following the path that suits you best is ALWAYS the right option, believe in yourself and stand proud for who you are! Of course, there is also the reminder that a little help from a friend (or friends...be they flippered, beaked or feathered) can go a long way...which always makes me think of those I hold dear and inserts a little smile into an otherwise unpredictable day. ^_^ Quite heart warming while at the same time being chill-fully entertaining...now, let's talk format and design.
This being an ebook, we know it's not my first reading platform of choice, but I do make exceptions from time to time and this one is TOTALLY worth it. The illustrations are bright and vivid before your eyes...not to mention Pandora, her brothers and fellow seas critters couldn't be more adorable! The illustrations lend a lot to the narrative so that in the end the balance between story and picture is struck with an even foundation; neither one carries the other but they are equal parts in a "marriage" that works for all. I can imagine little ones ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the penguins, slightly older readers marveling at her independence in a normally group mentality situation, and finally adults mulling over the messages, the rhyme and meter, and the surprise ending given to the story. Another great addition to the Children's Lit scene from an author leaving her mark all over the ebook world.
So, in conclusion...a quick read for anyone that enjoys a story of trusting one's self, curiosity, and the results that can be gleaned from such actions; of course a love of picture/storybooks would definitely qualify you as well. ^_^ Don't believe me? Check out the book trailer below and catch a glimpse of Pandora's story in action....
Ebook for review courtesy of author Julia Dweck. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as her growing list of bookish wonders, be sure to visit her online, like her on Facebook or follow along on Twitter. To discover more about the illustrator, seek him out at his official website. Interested in uncovering other Children's ebook gems? Be sure to pay a visit to Kite Readers official site, Facebook page or Twitter feed.
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