The myth of Pandora’s Box is retold in a format that is very accessible to early readers in this “Ready-to-Read” book. A paragraph before the story introduces the concept of myths, and then the opening page sets the scene in ancient Greece. Pandora is introduced as a woman happily married to her husband, Epimetheus. (Fortunately, there are helpful pronunciation guides for the Greek names). Although the people of Greece are happy, the gods feel unappreciated. The gods’ solution is to send down the infamous box, complete with a humorous “no” tag attached, warning against opening it. Pandora, of course, cannot stop envisioning what could be in the box, leading to a series of entertaining illustrations of the possibilities that she imagines. When she opens the box, “trouble bugs” fly out and make everyone miserable. Attempting to shut the box is futile, but there is something still left inside: Hope, in the form of a fairy. Since this story is an adaptation of the classic myth, there are some significant differences that make the content age appropriate. The bugs and fairy, for instance, both concretely depict the otherwise abstract manifestations that come from the original box. In the end, a question is posed to the reader to consider his or her own hopes. The illustrations in this book back up the text, guiding readers along the way. This book is a great way to introduce students to mythology by reading it themselves. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 6 to 8.