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Posted July 20, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2010
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.
Posted March 25, 2010
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.