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Nancy Loewen , Ryan Pentney

Not the Curious Kind: Pandora Tells All

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America

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Title of the work

Not the Curious Kind: Pandora Tells All

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

United States

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2014

First Edition Details

Nancy Loewen, Not the Curious Kind: Pandora Tells All. USA: Picture Window Books, Capstone, 2014, 32 pp.

ISBN

9781419709517

Genre

Humor
Mythological fiction
Picture books

Target Audience

Children (4-8 years old)

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril68@gmail.com 

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Picture courtesy of Nancy Loewen from her official website (accessed: June 27, 2018).

Nancy Loewen (Author)

Nancy Loewen has published nearly 130 books for children. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten and Four to the Pole, co-authored with polar explorer Ann Bancroft). Nancy has also received awards from the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Society of School Librarians International, and Bank Street. Her Writer’s Toolbox series received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Nancy holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul and divides her time between St. Paul and her small hometown of Mountain Lake in southern Minnesota. She has two children who are young adults. 


Source: 

Official website (accessed: June 27, 2018).


Bio prepared by Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com


Photo courtesy of Ryan Pentney.

Ryan Pentney

No information available: 

Official website (accessed: June 26, 2018).


Bio prepared by Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com


Summary

This is the story of Pandora, told from her point of view. She gives a rational explanation for why the box was opened, blaming it on her cat, saying that one day, while cleaning the living room, Pandora forgot to lock Cuddles up while she placed the vase on the floor so she could dust the shelf. It was Cuddles who knocked the lid off.

Analysis

The story of Pandora is told from her own point of view with illustrations on every page, almost like a comic strip or graphic novel for children. The author includes discussion questions and suggestions for further reading to understand the story better, as well as a glossary of terms. While the story does use the basis of the myth surrounding Pandora’s vase – the creation of man by Prometheus, his stealing fire from the gods, and Zeus’ creation of Pandora as a punishment for Prometheus – Loewen completely disregards any mythological reference to Pandora’s curiosity and lays all the blame on the cat for knocking the lid off the vase.


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Title of the work

Not the Curious Kind: Pandora Tells All

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

United States

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2014

First Edition Details

Nancy Loewen, Not the Curious Kind: Pandora Tells All. USA: Picture Window Books, Capstone, 2014, 32 pp.

ISBN

9781419709517

Genre

Humor
Mythological fiction
Picture books

Target Audience

Children (4-8 years old)

Cover

Missing cover

We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.


Author of the Entry:

Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril68@gmail.com 

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Picture courtesy of Nancy Loewen from her official website (accessed: June 27, 2018).

Nancy Loewen (Author)

Nancy Loewen has published nearly 130 books for children. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten and Four to the Pole, co-authored with polar explorer Ann Bancroft). Nancy has also received awards from the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Society of School Librarians International, and Bank Street. Her Writer’s Toolbox series received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Nancy holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul and divides her time between St. Paul and her small hometown of Mountain Lake in southern Minnesota. She has two children who are young adults. 


Source: 

Official website (accessed: June 27, 2018).


Bio prepared by Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com


Photo courtesy of Ryan Pentney.

Ryan Pentney

No information available: 

Official website (accessed: June 26, 2018).


Bio prepared by Allison Rosenblum, Bar Ilan University, allie.rose89@gmail.com


Summary

This is the story of Pandora, told from her point of view. She gives a rational explanation for why the box was opened, blaming it on her cat, saying that one day, while cleaning the living room, Pandora forgot to lock Cuddles up while she placed the vase on the floor so she could dust the shelf. It was Cuddles who knocked the lid off.

Analysis

The story of Pandora is told from her own point of view with illustrations on every page, almost like a comic strip or graphic novel for children. The author includes discussion questions and suggestions for further reading to understand the story better, as well as a glossary of terms. While the story does use the basis of the myth surrounding Pandora’s vase – the creation of man by Prometheus, his stealing fire from the gods, and Zeus’ creation of Pandora as a punishment for Prometheus – Loewen completely disregards any mythological reference to Pandora’s curiosity and lays all the blame on the cat for knocking the lid off the vase.


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