Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo

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She's the first giant panda cub ever to survive in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. There are fewer than one thousand giant pandas left in the world, making Hua Mei's birth at the World-Famous San Diego Zoo in August 1999 a cause for celebration.
In Little Panda, filled with exclusive photographs from the zoo, Hua Mei's first year is chronicled as she grows quickly from a tiny infant into a curious cub. Ever ready to play a game of tag with...

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Overview

She's the first giant panda cub ever to survive in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. There are fewer than one thousand giant pandas left in the world, making Hua Mei's birth at the World-Famous San Diego Zoo in August 1999 a cause for celebration.
In Little Panda, filled with exclusive photographs from the zoo, Hua Mei's first year is chronicled as she grows quickly from a tiny infant into a curious cub. Ever ready to play a game of tag with Mama or bravely explore new territory, Hua Mei will charm readers of all ages.
Acclaimed author Joanne Ryder perfectly captures the spirit and playfulness of this endangered animal while teaching readers about the life and plight of the giant panda.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first giant panda cub ever to survive in captivity in the Western Hemisphere takes center stage in Little Panda by Joanne Ryder, with photographs that follow her from a "pink and pale" cub to the thriving black-and-white Hua Mei (her name means "China-USA") who lives in the San Diego Zoo. With abundant accessible details included in factoids ("Her fur feels much like a German shepherd's), a minimum of text and a maximum of photos, this volume will win Hua Mei many fans. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Huz Mei is the first panda cub ever to survive in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. Exclusive photographs from the San Diego zoo staff chronicle Huz Mei's triumphant first year. Readers will marvel at her growth, curiosity, and playfulness. Panda's are truly amazing animals! 2001, Simon & Schuster, $16.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
The exclusive photographs of Hua Mei, from the famous San Diego Zoo, as she develops from a little cub to a playful giant panda celebrating her first birthday, will captivate kids. At birth, the tiny baby cannot be seen by the scientists eager to view the first giant panda to survive in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. Then the first pictures show a little pink cub with white fuzz. Although she doesn't yet look like a panda and is tiny, Hua Mei is loud. She calls when she is hungry. Her mother, Bai Yun, is about 800 times larger than Hua Mei, but she is gentle with her baby. As the cub grows she develops the dark markings and begins to look like a child's stuffed toy. The pictures chronicle Hua Mei's growth and the care given her by the doctors and keepers at the zoo. Although the panda exudes charm, and even at one year old looks like a toy, the book has a serious message. There are fewer than 1,000 giant pandas in the world and a plea is made to protect them from extinction. 2001, Simon & Schuster, $16.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Ryder introduces readers to Hua Mei via photographs taken inside the panda den, and then shows how her days unfold during her first year of life at the San Diego Zoo. The large sans-serif text is infused with adjectives and exclamations, giving a storylike quality to the primary narrative: "Look at her! She is sitting and standing now, eager to take her first steps." Smaller, italicized text gives a factual account of her biological development such as, "Pandas are born blind.-It can take up to four months before a panda will take its first steps." Full-color photographs capture the adorable youngster and her mother engaging in typical panda antics. Readers can see the zoo doctors weighing and measuring Hua Mei in her infancy to becoming a 20-pound youth and playing alongside 200-pound Bai Yun. This engaging book will complement any curriculum about animal extinction and environmental responsibility. It is also an appealing choice for general reading.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689843105
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 712,498
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Ryder is the award-winning author of numerous children's books about the natural world, including Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. Some of her other books include Bears Out There, Chipmunk Song, The Snail's Spell, and White Bear, Ice Bear. Before becoming a full-time writer, Joanne worked as a children's book editor in New York City. She lives in California.

The World-Famous San Diego Zoo is recognized as one of the world's premier animal parks and has more than four thousand rare and endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles, situated in one hundred acres of award-winning tropical gardens. This famous destination attracts more than three million visitors a year. You can learn more about the zoo and polar bears at www.SanDiegoZoo.org.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    Little Panda

    My favorite character is Hua Mei because he is very curious when he climbs the tree. He was curious to see the world above.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Panda Baby Girl

    This book is great!!!!! I adopted Hua-mei, and reading her book made me want to take her and hug her. read it if you love pandas, and remember, only 1000 remain. read, and save the animal, like me. great book!!!

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