A Panda's World

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Describes the development of a baby giant panda to its maturity.

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Describes the development of a baby giant panda to its maturity.

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Children's Literature
Giant pandas begin life as tiny newborns weighing about four ounces (about the size of a stick of butter). Baby pandas grow quickly and by the time they open their eyes six weeks later they weigh about six pounds and look like cuddly teddy bears. Pandas weigh about eighty pounds by the end of the first year of life. They are well on their way to becoming fully grown pandas, which weigh over 250 pounds and reach a height of six feet. A steady diet of bamboo (up to 40 pounds a day) helps the panda to grow large and powerful. Baby teeth, which appear at about six months of age, are eventually replaced with strong adult teeth. When panthers or other predators approach, adult pandas can either scare them away or climb trees using their sharp claws. Pandas grow thick fur as the weather gets cold and they stay in caves or sheltered places when snowstorms blow in. Pandas stay with their mothers for about a year and a half. Then the moms leave to look for mates and the young pandas are on their own. Arnold has presented a concise description of this beginning phase of a panda's life. Her large, full-color pictures are appealing and aptly depict the information in the text. A map, a list of Panda Fun Facts, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index make this an appropriate choice for young researchers. Part of the "Caroline Arnold's Animal" series. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These titles trace the lives of four animals from birth to maturity. Each book reads like a story with scientific details woven into the narrative. Events described are typical and not overtly fictionalized. For example, while the panda cub waits for his mother to return with food, he watches a squirrel, two takin, and a golden pheasant. Each book begins with a few facts about the animal and concludes with a location map and a list of "fun facts." Small text boxes provide additional information without interrupting the narrative flow. Other animals common to each habitat are shown and labeled. The large, cut-paper illustrations are generally successful; occasionally, they appear awkward and flat (particularly the image of the mother panda holding her newborn). For Web sites, readers are directed to the FactHound site with a 10-digit code to enter. A list of sites then appears, but not all are specifically related (the code for pandas brings up sites about mammals, including American bison and beavers). These titles work well as read-alouds and provide enough factual information for simple reports.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404813229
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Caroline Arnold's Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

Caroline Arnold is the author of 150 books for children. Her many honors include awards from the American Library Association, P.E.N., the National Science Teachers Association, and the Washington Post / Children's Book Guild. Caroline’s interest in animals and the outdoors began when she was a child growing up in Minnesota. After majoring in art and literature at Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. Caroline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Art, a neuroscientist.

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