I find myself endlessly frustrated with modern life; I find myself tired from rallying against the injustices and behaviours that impact on my desire to live in the way I want to. I am tired of questioning the information presented in the media and at times it can feel like an impossible battle. It can feel like there is no hope to lead a life that is just and in line with my own morals and beliefs.
I rarely read the news in any detail; it’s too harrowing to read about the state of Syria, or the plight of refugees. I find myself endlessly disgusted by the headlines of our right wing press and horrified by the election campaign over in the USA. It’s a world I want to protect my children from for as long as possible. It further entrenches my belief that Damian and I should do all that we can to protect their childhood and let them be small.
I hate our throwaway society, but find myself equally as guilty. We recycle what we can and I am now in the habit of saving recycling that can be used for upcoming projects. We try to teach the children to look after their toys and books and I’m forever presented with things that need mending, teddies that have bust a seam, dressing up costumes with buttons to sew back on.
I can be cynical and it is rare that I come across a children’s book that stops me and makes me feel hope. I knew the moment Pandora arrived and I opened it up that this was a book with a difference.
First off the cover if made from silk; it’s amazing and the illustrations are just amazing. It’s really difficult to describe them but there is something ethereal about them. The story starts with the phrase ‘Pandora lives alone, in a world of broken things.’ A sentence that spoke volumes to me.
This is such a gentle story of hope and that, despite the situation, something can flourish. It struck me that this book is a reflection of modern life; a world that is broken but with glimmers of hope.
There isn’t a great deal of text in this book but that adds to its charm and allows the reader to develop the story. The pictures alone are just stunning and it’s easy to fall in love with Pandora.
The obvious thing that springs to mind from this book is the story of Pandora’s Box. Most people I guess will have heard the phrase, ‘to open Pandora’s box’ but this story prompted me to read around the myth and to understand it more. For me this story is the opposite of Pandora’s box; a small action didn’t present a catastrophic event. It provided hope and life.
A message for us all, in the midst of a world of negative press and broken things that, the smallest of actions, the tiniest of touches, can provide hope.
This book is a wonderful tool for discussing the nature of hope and how we can impact the world with our actions and can be read with the smallest of children to older ones too.
It is, quite simply, beautiful.