Monday, October 13, 2014

Mini Book Reviews: Be Patient, Pandora & Play Nice, Hercules by Joan Holub, Leslie Patricelli

Title: Be Patient, Pandora!
Series: Mini Myths
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Date of Publication: Sept. 24 2014
Source: received from author in exchange for my honest opinion of it


Book Summary:
Ages 1-4, board book. First in series.
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.

My Thoughts: 

I was so lucky and honored to be picked to review these books!  I want to send a big thanks to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Mrs. Joan Holub for giving me the opportunity to dive into these adorable books.
So I have four boys and my youngest is six years old, which didn't exactly fit into the age limit for the book, but I have to say he still enjoyed these books very much!  And I did too!  He is still learning to read and we really enjoyed the easiness of the words in Be Patient, Pandora.  These board books are also a great way to get our little ones interested in the Greek mythology we love so much.  They are so colorful and the pictures are fun and adorable, getting even my older sons (9 &11 yrs old)  peeking over our shoulders as we read.

Mrs. Holub does a fantastic job of introducing some of the popular myths to younger kids with situations that are much easier to grasp for a 6 year old and under.  In Be Patient, Pandora  our main character learns that her curiosity can get her in trouble if she doesn't heed her Mother's warnings.  These books are adorable and I am totally in love with them!  My only problem is I wish they were around when my twins were this young.  This is definitely a five heart book!


Title:  Play Nice, Hercules
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Series: Mini Myths
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Date of Publication: Sept. 16 2014


Book 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.

My Thoughts: 

I think my son, Jace, really loved Play Nice, Hercules the most, probably because it reminds him of himself.   So because he loved it so much I am going to let him do the review for it!

Jace:   I love the pictures!  All the colors makes the pictures look 3D to me! It was fun to read about Hercules and watch him stomp around knocking things down.  I remember doing this to my older brothers a lot and now I know a little more of how it feels.  But Hercules learns his lesson and helps his little sister build the blocks back up.  After my mom read me the 12 Labors of Hercules, I went back the story and found the different pictures on the blocks.  These are the 12 Labors!!  I am really in love with these books and I can't wait till I can read the next in the series!! Everyone should try these out!


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