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(Featured on NPR Nov. 27, 2020) Panda Demick could do something that no other panda has ever been able to do before. Demick could talk to animals, children, and even itsy-bitsy viruses. Though sad things are happening in the world around him, Demick is a good friend who is willing to do what is necessary to keep all of his friends safe. An uplifting children's story about listening to friends, and those in need, in order to heal nature and grow happy and healthy together. A beautifully illustrated story that includes pandas, elephants, lions, eagles, sparrows, giraffes, camels, whales, toucans, koalas, sea turtles, hippopotami, bees, ladybugs, ants, sloths, flamingos, cats, dogs, frogs, and loving humans, make Panda Demick a uniquely heartwarming treasure to be handed down and shared with future generations. Written in loving memory of those lost worldwide to COVID-19.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735611488
Publisher: Itsy Bitsy Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

John Shay is a retired Earth scientist and high tech entrepreneur living in Seattle, Washington with his oceanographer wife, Joan. When he's not drawing or writing, he can be found rebuilding their century-old farm house or tending to his beloved fruit trees and raspberries. The birth of his grandson at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired him to write the story of Panda Demick (

Jenny Zandona is an illustrator specializing in children's literature, having illustrated multiple books including "Flap Your Wings, Little Robin", written by Andrea Legg. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, Jenny finds inspiration in the ever awe-inspiring beauty of nature, where the day-to-day is a phenomenal sensory expedition. She enjoys swimming, sweets, and morning coffees with her husband, dog, and cat; James, Crow, and Tama, in their too-small-for-four-creatures bed. Jenny's goal to portray lush characters, emotions, and textures keeps her busy as she continues to pour her being into every new illustration.
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