Tracks of a Panda

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A giant panda and her baby set off on a search for a safe, sustaining home in this informative tale about an enchanting creature.

High on a mist-wrapped mountain, a mother panda cradles her newborn, pink and impossibly small. The bamboo patch they need for food is dying, and as soon as her baby is old enough, they must seek a new home, sleeping in trees and swimming across icy streams along the way. Nick Dowson?s lyrical text, interspersed with intriguing facts, follows one of ...

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Overview

A giant panda and her baby set off on a search for a safe, sustaining home in this informative tale about an enchanting creature.

High on a mist-wrapped mountain, a mother panda cradles her newborn, pink and impossibly small. The bamboo patch they need for food is dying, and as soon as her baby is old enough, they must seek a new home, sleeping in trees and swimming across icy streams along the way. Nick Dowson’s lyrical text, interspersed with intriguing facts, follows one of nature’s most magnificent — and endangered — species on its search for a safe habitat, while Yu Rong’s expressive, delicate brushwork brings these legendary creatures to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A mother panda cares for her cub as he grows. He experiences the snow of winter as he climbs and plays. After a while mother Panda, weak from hunger, must find a new patch of bamboo to eat. She travels through the snow, frightening away a wild dog and seeking safety up a tree. Finally, she crosses a stream into new territory where there is enough bamboo for them both to eat. But soon they hear woodcutters coming near and must move on again to find another home. Traveling with Panda and her cub, we come to understand and empathize with these animals and their precarious lives. Smaller text insets add further information about pandas. The universal appeal of these animals is evident from the portrait on the front cover, while a typical landscape appears on the back. Add the delicate, leafy bamboo branches on the end-papers and we are esthetically prepared for the delicately delineated watercolor adventures ahead. The white pages are exploited to create the airy spaces for the sensitive brushstrokes that generate the emotional content of the important events. There is even an index, along with added notes about pandas. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- A poetic text describes a newborn cub, "Small as a pinecone,/pink as a blob of/wriggling sunset..." and continues to depict his mother and their habitat throughout this lyrical picture book. As the book progresses, readers learn that baby pandas are 900 times smaller than their mothers, and that it takes four years for them to reach maturity. When the cub is six months old, he and his mother leave their den to look for bamboo groves. On their journey the mother protects her cub from a wild dog, teaches him to swim, and finally introduces him to his first taste of bamboo when they reach their new home. The book never anthropomorphizes the animals, and the expressive text makes this an ideal book for sharing aloud. Specific facts about pandas and their habitat, set off by red brackets in italicized text, are included throughout the book. Rong's lovely watercolor illustrations, executed in traditional Chinese techniques, enhance the graceful qualities of this book and are an ideal accompaniment to the text. The gentle hues subtly shift and change with the seasons and even the illustrations of stark winter landscapes are elegant and refined. Watercolor illustrations of bamboo branches on rice paper serve as sophisticated endpapers and set the tone for this thoughtful picture book.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631468
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Dowson is an author, teacher, and naturalist. He is fascinated by giant pandas, and although he has never seen one in the wild, they often appear in his dreams. He lives in Suffolk, England.

Yu Rong trained in Nanjing as a practitioner of Chinese art before moving to Cambridge, England. She has never seen a wild panda either but has been to southwest China, where they live.

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