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Dinner at the Panda Palace

Dinner at the Panda Palace

4.7 9
by Stephanie Calmenson, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator), Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)

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Guess who's coming to dinner!

Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal.


Guess who's coming to dinner!

Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal.

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Children's Literature - Carol A. Flowers
Mr. Panda keeps his cool as his restaurant fills with patrons; from the first tired and hungry elephant to two weary lions, three little pigs escaping from you-know-who, until the party of ten chickens. Mr. Panda proves to be a gracious host who creates a special table for one last patron, making sure he feels as welcome as the others. Short rhyming quatrains move the story along. Detailed pictures of joyful critters invite young readers to count the groups as they slide, waddle and tumble in for dinner. Also available with an audiotape.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Tell Me a Story Series
Edition description:
Audio and Book
Product dimensions:
11.24(w) x 13.85(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated numerous books for children, including How to Grow a Picket Fence by Mary Louise Cuneo and two popular children's songs: There's a Hole in the Bucket and Over the River and Through the Wood. She has also illustrated another book in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series: I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto. Ms Westcott lives on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Dinner at the Panda Palace, by Stephanie Calmenson, is the fanciful tale of Mr. Panda and the many and varied guests who arrive at his restaurant for dinner one night.  There's one enormously hungry elephant, two royal lions, three pigs hoping to grab a bite while hiding from the big bad wolf, and so on.  Each group of diners arrives one at a time wishing to find a table at the Panda Palace.  This lyrical book is brimming with captivating and lyrical rhymes which are complemented by clever and whimsical illustrations.  This classic children's picture book is sure to keep youngsters entertained time and time again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how many of these books that we have given as new baby gifts. Our children just LOVED this story. We knew it by heart. I bet that you will love this book too!
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: What a great and fun way to teach children how to count from 1 - 10 with different animals visiting the Panda Palace. Also teaches and show different type of animals in the animal kingdoms. The rhymes are so adorable that children would ask for the book to be read over and over again. A must have for your children's library. Great illustrations by Nadine Westcott bring the story rhymes to life. The message in this book is no matter what there is always room for one more. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Both of my children loved this book. When my son was about 4 this was the only book that he wanted me to read. He would not let me turn the page without letting him count how many 'diners' were arriving. Cute illustrations and also the book is fun for mom to read each part as if I were one of the animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of our favorites. We love the cast of characters, and Mr. Panda trying to keep them all happy. I'm always looking for counting, rhyming books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book as a toddler. Have read to K-2nd grade classes. Kids love the illustrations and rhymes while learning to count and what it means to do your best. Illustrations have a level of detail that adults find fun, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book for my preschooler. It is entertaining and educational. I read it to my daughter's preschool class and the children and teachers love it. I am ordering it for the class. Great Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four year old daughter LOVES this book. We borrowed it so many times from the Library that we finally had to buy our own copy. Good book for pre-readers. The rhymes make it easy to remember and my 4 year old loves to "read" this book to me.