Title: Be Patient, Pandora! (Mini Myths) | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli | Publication Date:September 16, 2014 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | Pages: 24 | Recommended Ages: 1 to 5
Summary: When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.
How many times have we been faced with little ones that aren’t really happy with the word no or the phrase not now. Pandora is put to the test when her mother asks her kindly not to touch the box. However, she realizes quickly that she must touch the box. Well maybe not touch it. But how about step on it or stand on it. Little did she know that the contents of the box just can’t take the pressure that she’s giving it and the surprise in side, may not be a surprise any more. Another sweet read with a lesson to learn. The wording is just right. The size of the book and illustrations are appropriate and the splash of history is just the right touch!
Title: Play Nice, Hercules! (Mini Myths) | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli | Publication Date:September 16, 2014 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | Pages: 24 | Recommended Ages: 1 to 5
Summary: Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.
What a like best about this little book is it is just the right size for little hands to hold. Little hands to help turn the pages. Little bodies to sit criss/cross apple sauce in the readers lap and enjoy the love of reading together! Hercules, is powerful, he is strong, he is…a brother. His little sister, sits nice and quiet minding her own business with her ABC blocks. Hercules is encouraged to play nice with his little sister, however he has all these other reasons of why he doesn’t need to play nice. In the end he messes up the blocks, but what his sister does in return surprises him. Cute illustrations, coupled with simple wording provides a reading experience that will be unforgettable along with a life lesson learned.
Joan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first two titles, Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! debut in September. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster,Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.
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About the Illustrator: Leslie Petricelli
Leslie Patricelli is the bestselling author-illustrator of many adorable board books, including Yummy Yucky and Toot!