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If You Were a Panda Bear Hardcover – June 25, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061950904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061950902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-A picture-book introduction to the world's eight bear species. Similar in format to the Minors' If You Were a Penguin (HarperCollins, 2009), Panda Bear is written in rhymed quatrains that have minimal facts about each breed (e.g., a sun bear's long tongue helps it get honey; and grizzlies can be 10 feet tall and love to catch salmon with their paws and teeth). Each four-liner is divided between the one or two spreads allotted to each species. Skillfully detailed paintings show the variety in textures of the bears' fur-some soft, some wiry, others thick and fluffy. Facial close-ups of panda, sloth, black, moon, sun, and spectacled bears show intelligence and compassion. Because many of the poems pair a small fact or two with the nonsense of forced rhyme (e.g., "If you were a spectacled bear,/You'd have furry eyeglasses./And if you went to school,/You'd look smart in your classes"), libraries that purchase the book may want to consider cataloging it as a picture book. In contrast to the simple text, two appended pages of "Bear Fun Facts" and a half page of excellent "Bear Sources and Websites" are more appropriate for older children. Bob Barner's Bears! Bears! Bears! (Chronicle, 2010), an informational book that is also written in rhyme, ends with a fact about bear cubs of each species and a colorful map that shows where they live.-Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“A global array of bears parade by in this delightful story for the very young. A lovely title to engage the imaginations and interest of budding animal enthusiasts.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for If You Were a Penguin: “Wendell’s vibrant large-scale figures, set against bracing polar landscapes, have enough personality to captivate a crowd.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for If You Were a Penguin: “A playful and lightly informative look at the life of penguins...an excellent storytime addition.” (School Library Journal)

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The charm of these "If You Were" books lies in the big contrast with what kids are and what bears are. That contrast isn't used in this book, so you feel a bit cheated at the end. These bears aren't so different from us. They like to climb trees (so do we), they like honey (so do we), they even wear glasses (so do we). This book explores the superficial differences between bears, like the giant panda, the sloth bear, the Asiatic black bear, but it doesn't give much information in the cute little rhyming couplets on each page. Rather than save up the Bear Fun Facts for the end, it might have been more fun to insert a pop-up (and a map!) on each page. This book is about all bears, not just panda bears.
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By JWM on August 26, 2013
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Nice pictures and informative, rhyming text. A good solid book about bears, not just pandas. Doesn't quite grab your attention as much as a book about dragons and tacos or a sloth that goes on a shopping spree, but good nonetheless.
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