Compassion is the Key Ingredient in Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday Review #PPBF

Think back to an early birthday. Got it? Great! The toy you most wanted, dreamed of, hoped for, and left advertisement clippings of on the coffee pot, is inside the wrapping paper you’re ripping away with speedy, little hands. An overwhelming feeling of bliss bubbles up and spills out. In your haste to play with the newest addition to your vast toy collection . . . CRACK! A part snaps and breaks off. Bliss changes to Devastation.

“Well,” my mom would say, “that was a wasted fifteen dollars.”

My dad would hand me a tissue, scoop up the many pieces, and disappear into the basement. Hours later, he would emerge with a look of pride in his eyes and a smile straight from his heart. He’d place the mended toy in my hands and exclaim, “Good as new!”

Geeze, I miss my dad. A whole lot.

Over the years, I’ve learned how to patch rips in teddy bears, superglue cracks in Mr. Potatoe Head’s spare parts, reattach charms and clasps on little bracelets, and turn my daughter’s tears into smiles. And this brings me to today’s perfect picture book Friday review about a little fox named Pandora who has a gift for mending broken things.


Title – Pandora

Written and illustrated by – Victoria Turnbull

Published by – Clarion Books – 2017

Suitable for ages – 3-7

Topics – compassion, loneliness, and hope

Opening –  Pandora lived alone in a land of broken things. She made herself a handsome home from all that people had left behind. But no one ever came to visit.

Amazon’s Review –  View it HERE. Because the review on Amazon sums up the story perfectly, I’m not including it as it serves as a spoiler. And isn’t it better to find the book and read it for yourself?

Why do I like this book? Pandora is a lovely main character with a large heart. She shows great compassion for all the broken things people have left behind. But one day, something falls from the sky that can’t be fixed with a needle and thread. The only remedy is love, and Pandora has a brimming heart perfect for helping. Not only is the story one that touched my heart, but the illustrations are carefully created with a heart as loving as Pandora’s. This book is a treasure that sits proudly on my bookshelf.

In this book, compassion is Pandora’s strongest trait and one that can easily be taught to children through example.

This is a list of synonyms that serve as ways we can teach children to be compassionate: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, and charity.

As always, if you have memories from your childhood about moments of compassion or broken toys, I welcome you to share them in the comments.


12 thoughts on “Compassion is the Key Ingredient in Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday Review #PPBF

  1. Hi Leslie. I look forward to finding Pandora at our local library. When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I came upon my cat carrying a mouse in its mouth. Out of compassion for that tiny mouse, which was still alive and kicking, I reached out to pull the poor thing away from my cat. Not knowing that I was a friend, not foe, that mouse sunk its two front teeth into my index finger and just hung there. I’m sure I must have made a heck of a lot of noise and someone must have come to my rescue. I can’t remember. But I do remember that the mouse made a clean get-away. And I was happy for that tiny mouse … though I felt sad for depriving my cat of a hearty little meal. Compassion must be something we carry deep within us from birth. And at those times when we are selfless, that compassion flows in waves from our inner being. Thanks for the memory.

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    • Jill, what a memory! A little mouse hanging from your finger by its sunken teeth. I have a feeling your yowl was heard for miles. When it comes to compassion, I could have written a blog post that meandered for miles. A good many of my memories of compassion from childhood circle around animals. And we had many.


  2. What a lovely book with a beautiful message. I like quiet books — ones that kids can contemplate and ask questions.
    I remember nurturing a wild baby bunny rabbit that was left by it’s mother. I fed it milk with an eye dropper and kept it in a box with wire netting across the top. Then one day the neighbor’s Siamese cat snatched my bunny from the box and killed it. I was so angry and tearful. My compassion towards the cat was not present — never cared for cats after that. I buried the bunny’s remains in a box in the field behind our house and held a funeral.

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