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Discover the whimsical tale of friendship between one man and his gold pan, and their journey in the wake of the Gold Rush.

Pedro and his pan go on an exciting adventure together—to strike gold! They hike mountains, whack through bushes, and wade through streams as they sift through dirt and gravel in search of the hidden nuggets. But as time goes by without any success, Pan begins to worry that he is broken. Will he and Pedro ever find what they're looking for? Inspired by the true story of Felix Pedro, a prospector who launched one of the richest gold rushes in Alaska’s history, Pedro's Pan offers a glimpse into American history as well as educates how gold panning works in a fun and exciting way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513261874
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 748,610
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Matthew Lasley is the son of a gold miner in Alaska and the Klondike, and has spent many hours hunched over a gold pan, even in some of the same creeks that Felix Pedro once prospected. Lasley is now a writer and a first-grade teacher, and lives in Anchorage.

Jacob Souva is a New York-based illustrator and designer with a BFA in Illustration. Finding inspiration in texture and pattern, he loves to capture messiness and process in his artwork and enjoys illustrating for children.


"Through both the main account and the more explicit step-by-step instructions at the back, readers will get clear ideas of how panning for gold is done, and also how insanely difficult it is. In Souva’s stylized illustrations, both prospector and big round pan sport faces that generally mirror each other’s expressions amid cone-shaped trees and mountains, as fish, birds, and even bears look on benevolently."

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