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Panda and Polar Bear (Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – June 11, 2009
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"...[A] simple and delightful tale." --School Library Journal
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It's difficult to find a book which impacts me after reading it. His new book has done just that. "Panda and Polar Bear" reflects an important immigration issue, identity. Through his warm, soft drawings and colors, young children, even teenagers can observe and identify their true identities as Americans with different heritages.
I strongly recommend this book to all classroom teachers and students. I am also looking forward his third book. I heard that it's going to be a chicken story. His first book, "Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!" was also a heartfelt story based on his personal experience with his first daughter. I loved it.
One day the polar bear slips off a snowy cliff and falls into a mud puddle getting mud on his legs and arms. When he hears someone coming he covers his eyes with his muddy paws. A panda bear finds him and thinks he is another panda bear. They become friends and play together ("climbing trees, playing hide-and-seek and following the leader"). They stop for a snack of bamboo, which the polar bear thinks is too hard and decides to go fishing instead. The polar bear looks at his reflection in the water and is surprised to see that he looks like a panda bear. When he dives into the water to catch a fish the mud washes off his fur; the panda bear then asks him where his panda patches went. The polar bear is afraid that the panda bear will not want to be his friend anymore, but instead the panda is excited that he is different and asks him about snow. The two bears work together to build a ladder out of bamboo so the polar bear can go home. SPOLIER ALERT -> In the end of the book there is an illustration which shows the two bears playing together in the "white and wintry" part of the ZOO.
This book has become my daughter's (3yr) new favorite, the imagery is outstanding and the story perfect for children entering new environments with new children. It teaches them to appreciate themselves and others.
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My son, who just turned 3, LOVES this book. We checked it out from the library a while ago and it was definitely the favorite for the month we had it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alaska Mom
I really enjoyed the story and will pass this book on to future parents that I know. Great start to help teach kids about diversity and tolerance.Published on April 12, 2014 by Lan
Love this book! My son decided it was his favorite. He loves pandas and polar bears and it combines both wonderfully!Published on January 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Panda and Polar Bear is a beautiful book written by the award-winning illustrator Matthew Baek. It shares the valuable lesson of how our differences can be something to be enjoyed... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Naomi
What an adorable story about friends :-)I bought it for my sister who was using the book for a lesson plan.Published on January 23, 2011 by LssVgs