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Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas Hardcover – April 17, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press (April 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588340384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588340382
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Wild panda populations remain in only a few mountain ranges in central China, and their natural environment is shrinking as humans bring about environmental changes. This book is part of an ongoing effort, supported through major funding and initiatives by the Smithsonian, to educate the public about the giant pandas and the world in which they live. The authors, who are affiliated with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, visited panda reserves in China to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Their book traces the natural and cultural history of the panda and its interactions with humans and discusses the challenges to conservation and preservation posed by the species. It also notes the political aspects that are part of any conservation effort. The authors feel that a bright future for pandas is possible but that much remains to be done. The book is enhanced with over 170 full-color photographs of giant pandas and the habitat they share with other wild creatures. Recommended for public libraries where there is interest in wildlife and conservation. Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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I bought this book for my sister who loves pandas.
Patricia
It also is very interesting to read if you want to learn about Pandas.
cedarburgmom
I really wish there were a more current version of this book though.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Riemensnyder on October 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What I really liked about this book is how it's completely accessible for all ages. It's not dumbed down for younger readers, yet it doesn't pander to more mature readers, either. It presents facts, figures and other related information in such a way that anybody could learn from this read.

This book is also one heck of a coffee table book, the perfect gift for anyone you might know who loves panda bears. The photographs are breath-taking, showcasing this beautiful creature in its natural habitat as well as in zoos. There are also some telling photos of pandas in their youngest form. All exquisite and mind-blowing in their individual beauty.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful cocktail table book full of beautiful photos of China and Pandas. The book's strengths lies in its accurate portrayal of giant panda conservation work in China, i.e. "muddy boots" conservationist work. The book surprisingly covers very little about the giant panda research at zoos and focuses mainly on conservation field work in China. The book also goes at length to describe the giant pandas genetic classification (genus) with respect to carnivora ( especially wrt raccoons and bears , see page 33-54 ). Most notable about the book is its assertion that there were originally two types of giant panda (a) tropical/warm climate giant panda ( Ailuropoda microta , extinct smaller version of the giant panda whose fossilized remains were found in caves at Lang Trang, Vietnam - see pages 51-54 ) and (b) a mountain/cold climate giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca, the modern giant panda ). The authors describes the giant panda as an ecological umbrella which is shared by people, other animals, and fauna. (p.93--153). While extensively referenced and researched, the book is not footnoted and lacks the rigorous presentation of data and analysis to be defined as a scientific work. Micheal Kiefer, Chris Catton and Schaller have provided better historical outline man's interaction with the giant pandas. The freshest part of this book is the coverage on the introduction of environmentally-sustainable/friendly human economies like the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR, see p. 153) and the conservation effort in China to gain the local support in China to protect wildlife and the environment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Howard Youth on September 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally, an up-to-date, photo-studded book on giant pandas by experts who know the subject inside and out. There's plenty of media attention on this unique endangered species but this book gives background, context, and depth lacking in most magazine and newspaper articles. If you want to settle in and take an armchair trip into the world of the elusive giant panda, get this book.
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By julie parker on February 27, 2014
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I AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING MY COPY, I ONLY HAVE THE LIBRARY ONE NOW BUT I MUST SAY THAT THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THE MORE INFORMATIVE AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND PANDA BEAR BOOKS YET. MY NEIGHBOR WHO IS ONLY 9 ALSO LOVES THIS BOOK . IF YOU COLLECT BEARS IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM THAN THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR YOU. SINCERELY, JP IN UTAH.
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By Cynthia A. Cook on February 15, 2014
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My 13-year old granddaughter requested this book for Christmas! She loves animals and is passionate about learning the specifics of each one! Pandas are a favorite! Yes, she is very happy with this book and it is very well done by the Smithsonian.
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By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2014
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This book has beautiful pictures and great information. Oversized. Nice coffee table book. I would recommend to all panda bear fans.
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