If you love quiet, gentle stories that will tug just a little at your heart strings and stay with you long after the final page is closed, you must check out Pandora, written and illustrated by Victoria Turnbull. If you love The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc, this tender story will capture your heart in much the same way.
Pandora is a fox who lives alone in a world of broken things, carefully repairing what she can and breathing life into the lifeless. Though she has a home, made with care out of the things people have left behind, no one ever comes to visit her. But then one day, a wounded bird falls from the sky with a broken wing. Pandora helps the bird grow stronger and stronger– but what happens when the bird is strong enough to fly away on its own?
The beauty of Pandora is it’s subtlety in speaking to the need for connection sparking so brightly within each of us. Her story is a journey of things lost and found, hearts broken and mended, hope diminished and renewed. The wonderfully complex art is a perfect match for Turnbull’s spare prose. Though muted to start- likely to reflect Pandora’s isolation in a land replete with broken material goods- the illustrations fill with increasing brightness as the story progresses, highlighting the impact that love and kinship can have on our lives. A meditative story on the power of connection to heal our loneliest days, Pandora is a story to treasure and pull out on days when your children need to be reminded of the power of love.
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