Children are always delighted and intrigued by images of Giant Pandas, especially the cubs. Vibrant photographs and clear, concise information will inform and entice young children to want to read and learn more.
This book is suitable for quite young readers as the text is simple, but not simplistic. It will stimulate and challenge children with descriptions of the way Pandas live in the wild and why so many are in captivity. Readers will identify with the bonds between mother Pandas and their young.
In an emotionally engaging manner, the plight of Pandas in the wild is explained with the use of non-alarmist language that will raise environmental consciousness even in the very young. Kids will enjoy reading about an animal that spends most of its time in the wild just eating and seeming quite lazy. The necessity of these behaviors is explained.
Providing an understanding of the natural habitat of these animals, this book will clarify for children some of the importance of the relationship between the environment and the animals in it. Having an overly specialized diet and a diminishing habitat are problems for the Panda that are delineated in ways that are comprehensible to the young reader.
Children will delight in seeing a Panda cub having its tummy rubbed by its mother to aid its digestion, and they will laugh at Pandas that sleep and rest on tree limbs. Some of the reasons that it is hard to increase the birth rate for the Giant Panda are explained in age-appropriate language that will not offend parents or cause confusion or discomfort to the child reader.
Light-hearted and fun, this book also gives the young reader an appreciation and some grasp of the need and efforts to conserve the Giant Panda as well as other animals that are at risk. Without a moralizing tone, this book can imbue the reader with heightened awareness about the relationship between animals and the environment.
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Published February 27, 2013
Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.