A little fox named Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She spends her time gathering and mending what she can, never seeing anyone else in this strange and ruined landscape. But one day, when a bird falls from the sky, another living thing in need of her help, her world slowly begins to change.
Sparse and beautiful text narrates Pandora’s movement through her world, and back into a sense of communion with it. Turnbull’s gorgeous illustrations hold subtle clues to the changes that Pandora is about to experience. There is a sense of a great ecological tragedy that is never articulated but is clearly illustrated in the landscape of Pandora’s world.
Pandora is content in her life – the bird’s arrival enriches her existence but Turnbull does not attempt to imply that it completes it. Pandora has built a meaningful world out of the things that people have left behind – it is the desire to share it with someone else that elevates that meaning. There is no sense that she is waiting for someone to come into her life.
Turnbull’s colour palette is as expressive as her illustrations – muted browns, soft pinks, delicate greys convey as a sense of a world that is on the brink of ending, yet is somehow still full of life.
Turnbull has created a modern day fable of hope and regeneration. A picturebook with an important message about love, friendship and faith. This is a story of and for our times. Essential.