Panda has a new toy. It's a cup with a ball attached to a string and to play, you have to catch the ball in the cup. Sounds easy? Panda tries and tries and tries again. Will he ever let his friend Gander have a turn? Early readers will find success in the repetition of this book and may learn a lesson about sharing too. Craig's animated illustrations serve as wonderful prompts for early readers. Finally Gander gets his turn, but only after Panda breaks the toy and has to fix it. In the end, Panda's going to wish he'd been less selfish and shared in the first place.
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.