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PANDA KINDERGARTEN

Author: Joanne Ryder

Illustrator: Dr. Katherine Feng

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Publisher: Collins, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a documentary story of baby/young Pandas being born and raised in the Wolong Natural Reserve in China. We get a glimpse into the lives of young pandas, how they are cared for, what they eat, and how they play. It includes wonderful photographs of the pandas. This nonfiction picture book uses an easy reader style to teach kids about pandas.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This was one of my son’s favorite books to read. He LOVES learning about animals and pandas are very distinctive animals, and have earned a place in his heart because of this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book because there was so much information about Pandas without being overly technical or overly "dumbed down." The pictures are fun, and the subject matter is close to the hearts of a young boy about to enter kindergarten himself. This is well-written prose.

Pros: Wonderful photographs add to this easy reader that is informational and interesting.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow this one from the library. You might buy it as a gift for your elementary school library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: DOLPHINS (Smithsonian)   GORILLAS (SEYMOUR SIMON)   IN MY BACKYARD

Educational Themes: You'll learn all about pandas and protecting wildlife, particularly threatened species. The story is written in such a way that you can draw out the nonfiction text and use it for science: What do pandas eat? Where do pandas live?

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, school

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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