Great Illustrated Books

Panda Kindergarten

By Joanne Ryder

Collins, 2009
Pages : 32
Suggested Ages: 3-8
ISBN: 9780060578503

Wolong Nature Reserve in China, giant pandas are raised and studied by researchers who are helping to ensure the survival of these endangered creatures. Mother pandas often have twins but can only care for one cub at a time, so the workers at the panda nursery care for the twin and swap cubs so both get mom time. Full-page clear color photos (the one of the baby sitting in a green plastic box atop a scale is just precious) of the pandas feeding, playing together, climbing on wooden play equipment, and romping in the snow are nothing short of entrancing.

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Patterson, Francine. Koko's Story. Scholastic, 1987.

Ryder, Joanne. Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

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Critics have said

There's a high cuteness factor as the cubs play, sleep, and interact with caregivers... The colorful photography and smooth text pair well for a quick, instructive read-a-loud.
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