Pandora's Box: A Greek Myth
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ho hasn't heard of
(and, by the way, why is it always the women, i.e. Pandora and Eve who give in to their curiosity)? Jean Marzollo presents the Greek Myth to younger readers here, along with her trademark running commentary - from a bird this time - at the bottom of each page. This one begins by saying on the front cover, '
What's inside the box? That's what Pandora wants to know. Me, too! Squawk!
he book opens with the tale of Prometheus stealing fire from the Olympian gods. Zeus planned a tricky punishment for humanity - he created the beautiful Pandora and gave her '
the gift of CURIOSITY!
' Pandora married Prometheus' brother Epimetheus, and Zeus gave them a special box as a wedding gift but warned them not to open it. Of course, Pandora's curiosity won and she opened the box. '
Out flew a flurry of trouble bugs
to plague the people of Earth. But Pandora managed to save one important thing at the bottom of the box - can you guess what it is?
his delightful, inspiring, and thought-provoking retelling of the ancient myth emphasizes the value of curiosity, but reminds us that - like fire - '
people have to be careful with it.
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