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Xander's Panda Partyby Linda Sue Park
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Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do!
But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo.
The zoos paucity of pandas doesnt impede Xanders party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. Shes not a bear—she's a marsupial! Does that mean she cant come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and “Calling all bears” evolves into “Calling all creatures.” The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelans charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do!
"Phelan (Around the World) takes Park's jaunty story about a panda with a complicated social life and develops it still further. In ink-and-watercolor vignettes, he animates the many zoo creatures Xander considers inviting to his party, capturing their expressions and interactions with a few quick pen strokes. Xander begins with his bear compatriots: Black Bear, Brown Bear, the Polar Bears, and Koala. 'From her tree, Koala hollered,/ Ã¢Â€Â˜Xander, I am not a bear.... Will I not be welcome there?' ' Xander reconsiders: should he include all mammals? When he does, Rhinoceros complains that he can't bring his bird. Should he include birds, too? Eventually, of course, Xander must invite everyone, and after the arrival of an unexpected mystery guest, the attendance list expands — providing Xander with a new friend. Park (The Third Gift) is really talking about the fluidity of boundaries, and how social groupings that look solid fall apart under closer inspection. Her afterword explores symbiosis (the rhino-bird duo), taxonomic classification, and zoo exchanges — there's food for thought throughout. Ages 4 — 8. Author's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Party with a panda—and all creatures tall and small—in Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park and brilliant illustrator Matt Phelan's endearing new picture book.
About the Author
Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard. She lives with her husband in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.lspark.com.
Illustrator Matt Phelans books include Alice Schertles Very Hairy Bear and Jeanne Birdsalls Floras Very Windy Day. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit his website at www.mattphelan.com.
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