Year of the Pandaby Miriam Schlein, Kam Mak
Daxiong mao is rare and mysterious, like a god, living in the midst of the mountains.Strange things are happening on Lu Yi's farm. First, some men from the Chinese government ask Lu Yi's father to sell the property that has belonged to the family for generations. Then a giant panda appears in a neighbor's field, A rare occurrence, given the farm's distance from the high-mountain bamboo forests that pandas inhabit.Lu Yi has a feeling that the two mysteries are somehow connected. And before long, an orphaned baby panda he finds in the' woods provides an answer. As the boy nurses the helpless animal back to health, he begins an adventure that may, well change his entire future.
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- Age Range:
- 8 - 11 Years
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Lu Yi opened his eyes.
Something was wrong.
He knew it right away.
Usually, it was quiet here on the farm. The voices of his mother and father -- of course he knew these. Mr. Po, or Ho Yen, or Mrs. Chen, who lived on farms close by, he knew their voices, too. So well, they were like part of him.
But this was different. These were the voices of strangers, talking very loud with his father.
He leaned on one elbow and listened.
Usually, Lu Yi hated to get up in the morning. Most days his mother had to call him two or three times.
But today hejumped up and looked out. There were two men he had never seen before. Strangers were rare here, where he lived, in the shadow of the great, snow-covered mountains.
Who were they? And what did they want?
Lu Yi sat in the corner of the courtyard and listened.
He heard: "The government will not force you. They are asking you to move. For the reasons I have explained. "
"It is your right to say no, "the other man added.
Lu Yi's father looked at his mother. "Then we say no."
His mother nodded. Then the two strangers walked off.
"Are we moving, Father?"
Lu Yi looked around. The field of wheat. The vegetable garden. The beehives for honey. He was born here. He could not imagine living someplace else.
"Don't worry, son. I told the man no.
"How could we move?" said Lu Yi. "This land is our family's. It is yours now. Before that, it was your father's. "
I. . .and after my time, " said his father, "it will be your land. Time now to work. And for you, school.
His father did not sound worried. Still, later on, hesaw his father talking excitedly to Mr. Po.
Yi knew that sometimes his father tried hard not to seem troubled when , in fact, he was. Lu Yi had the feeling this was one of those times. He also knew it was no use asking any more questions right now.The Year of the Panda. Copyright © by Miriam Schlein. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
Miriam Schlein is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including the classic stories of motherly love The Way Mothers Are and Just like Me.
Kam Mak grew up in New York City's Chinatown. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, and since then he has illustrated book jackets for numerous publishers and taught painting at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
He has also illustrated The Moon of the Monarch Butterflies by Jean Craighead George, The Year of the Panda by Miriam Schlein, and The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep. Kam Mak lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and daughter.
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Read the Year of the Panda. A funny, exciting book by Miriam Schlein. A book you don't want to put down. I learned about the daxiong mao that lived in China. I also learned how the pandas lived before the people moved into the village. It was a good book, but it leaves some mystery at the end. I would read it anyways. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about animals.
In this book, not only do you find many interesting facts about pandas, but it makes a great adventure book too! A boy finds a baby panda whose mother had been killed. As he 'adopts' the baby, he finds out why pandas are endangered and how the government is trying to help them. If you donate money to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) you may be able to help the Giant Pandas too!