Gander's Pond: A Panda and Gander Story

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Gander wants to build a pond so that he can take a cooling swim. He and his friend, Panda, try to collect water for the pond during a rainstorm. However, instead of waiting for the rain to come to them, they chase raindrops with bowls, buckets, and finally, a tub. Still, they can't collect enough water to fill Gander's pond. Finally, exhausted from their pursuit, they rest and learn the value of patience as the pond builds itself while they share a snack. This is a serviceable book for early readers. The vocabulary is accessible to new readers and will, undoubtedly, produce a pleased response of, "Guess what? I read this book by myself!" Illustrations by Helen Craig are spare and not the book's strongest selling point. However, if you are looking for a book to inspire a quick sense of accomplishment in children just learning the joy of reading, these unorthodox friends may be just the ticket.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In the first story, Panda consumes a pear, banana, tangerine, an apple, and grapes while Gander meticulously prepares to eat his pomegranate seeds. Panda then asks for some of the seeds, but his friend knows just how to protect his share. In the second book, Gander enlists Panda to help gather rainwater in buckets on a hot day. Panda's New Toy is a ball attached to a cup with a string, and he does not want to share it with Gander. In the last title, Panda is hurt when Gander sends a letter to a secret friend until Panda discovers that he, in fact, is the secret friend. The humor in the texts continues in Craig's colorful, expressive drawings, which help illuminate the childlike friendship between these animals. Simple, bold lines and white backdrops focus attention on the action. While billed as early readers, these stories are too slight for youngsters old enough to handle the vocabulary. However, the narratives flow well and have a good format for reading aloud. Thus, these charming stories will work best as read-alouds with younger children.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763607227
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Read Me
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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