- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD380L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547558651
- ISBN-13: 978-0547558653
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Xander's Panda Party Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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PreS-Gr 1–In this charming story that celebrates friendship and inclusion, Xander wants to throw a party, but since he's the zoo's only panda, he invites all of the bears. Then Koala tells him that she's a marsupial, not a bear. After much thoughtful bamboo-nibbling, Xander opens his party to all mammals. But Rhino won't come without his bird, and then the reptiles request an invitation, and the little panda doesn't know what to do. A new friend pitches in, and the party goes “from grand to even grander” as the whole zoo is invited. As a last surprise, a new panda, Zhu Zi, arrives to complete the celebration, “What a party! What a ball! Lots of new friends, tall and small!” The ink and watercolor illustrations add dashes of personality to the animals–the rhino scowls as his bird cheerfully waves from atop his horn–and touches of humor, as when Xander blends in with a crowd of penguins. The cartoonlike animals have wonderfully expressive faces, so even the wordless pages convey the panda's feelings. The upbeat, mostly rhyming text provides a surprising amount of information about animal families and species without tripping up the pace. The author's note gives information that expands on facts mentioned in the book, like the symbiotic relationship between the oxpecker and the rhino. Perfect for young animal lovers and a great read-aloud for storytime.–Marian McLeod, Darien Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.