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Pandas' Earthquake Escape is a fictional story based on a real-life event. In real life, XiXi, a giant panda did escape from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when the 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China on May 12, 2008. Author Phyllis Perry uses the adventures of a mother panda, LiLing, and her one-year old cub, Tengfei, to teach children about earthquakes, animal survival, and to reinforce a mother’s instinct to protect her child. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, ...
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Pandas' Earthquake Escape is a fictional story based on a real-life event. In real life, XiXi, a giant panda did escape from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when the 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China on May 12, 2008. Author Phyllis Perry uses the adventures of a mother panda, LiLing, and her one-year old cub, Tengfei, to teach children about earthquakes, animal survival, and to reinforce a mother’s instinct to protect her child. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Will they find food? Will they find shelter? And will they safely endure the earthquake after-shocks?

Mom’s Choice Award Gold Recipient , USA BOOK NEWS “Best Books 2010” Finalist
Reviewed by: Booklist, Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection, BookLoons, Homeschool Book Review

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40-60 pg cross-curricular Teaching Activities and 3 Interactive Quizzes available free on the book’s homepage
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PreS-Gr 2—This suspenseful, fictionalized picture book is based on a 2008 earthquake in Northern China. When the wall of a nature reserve enclosure tumbles during a quake, a frightened giant panda and her cub, Tengfei, run away. Liling seeks safety, and the two spend the night in a shallow cave. The next day mother and cub explore their surroundings, searching for a way home. The pandas are suddenly shot with medicated darts, and humans return the pair to the reserve. Perry quickly draws readers into this well-told story. It is an interesting and rare look at how animals are affected by natural disasters. Detwiler's painterly spreads, rich in deep greens and browns, show a lifelike Liling and Tengfei. Like a panda's fur, two colors, white and black, are used for the type. A "Creative Minds" section supplements the tale with material on earthquakes, the Richter scale, and pandas. Perry's story can stand alone without the extras, but teachers needing lesson-plan material will find the back matter helpful. For a look at a panda cub's first year of life, pair this book with Caroline Arnold's A Panda's World (Picture Window, 2006). A worthy, informative picture book.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180821
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,416,417
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Pandas' Earthquake Escape is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    great resource for learning more about pandas and earthquakes

    Pandas are perennial favorites for kids at the zoo. And earthquakes seem to be increasingly mentioned in the news. So, if you were a panda, what would you do during an earthquake? Liling and and her one-year-old cub Tengfei are two giant pandas which live in a Chinese nature preserve. One day they are awakened with a start when the tree in which they are napping begins to sway. It is an earthquake. The wall around the nature preserve has come crashing down, and they are so frightened that they escape into the forest. But where will they go? What will they eat? And will they ever be able to find their way home?
    This book is a fictional story based on a real-life event when a giant panda escaped from the destroyed Wolong Panda Preserve following the 7.9 Sichuan earthquake of 2008 in northern China. Author Phyllis J. Perry's text teaches children about earthquakes and giant pandas, explaining animal survival and a mother's instinct to protect its offspring. And Susan Detwiler's colorful illustrations will help young readers follow the action. In the back is the "For Creative Minds" education section, with further information about giant pandas and earthquakes, including a world map showing the fault lines where major earthquakes occur. There are also "Related Websites," "Interactive Math, Reading, and Comprehension Quizzes," and "Teaching Activities" on Sylvan Dell's website. Pandas' Earthquake Escape is a wonderful resource for learning more about two important aspects of natural history.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    A fun way to learn about pandas

    The young panda Tengfei, and his mother, Liling were fast asleep high up in a tree. Suddenly, the tree began to sway, the ground started to rumble, and soon, the branches the frightened pandas clung to, began to break. The two giant pandas fell to the earth, landing unharmed upon the broken branches and leaves. As the ground continued to rumble, mother and son fled their enclosure and raced off into the vast woods beyond.

    Panda's Earthquake Escape is the story of two giant pandas who wander through the forest after an earthquake, looking for food and seeking shelter. Tengfei clings to his mother as they roam through strange new places, searching out plant bulbs to quiet their grumbling stomachs. The bulbs satisfy him, but Tengfei really wants the tasty bamboo shoots that he is given back at the reserve. He wants to go home!

    One of the newest offerings from Sylvan Dell Publishing, Panda's Earthquake Escape does an excellent job of educating young readers about the plight of pandas in their native China. While enjoying a wonderfully illustrated story, readers will learn about the habitat and behavior of pandas.

    In the back of the book are several pages offering additional information. There are facts about endangered giant pandas, a life cycle sequencing activity, fun facts, an overview of earthquakes, including information on a 2008 earthquake in China that destroyed the Wolong Panda Reserve. Finally, there is a world map detailing various earthquake locations.

    Quill says: Panda's Earthquake Escape is a fun way to learn about pandas while enjoying a gentle tale about these amazing animals.

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