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Butler, John.
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2001
IL K-3, RL 4.5
ISBN 1561452424
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This warm and delightful story is about the bond between a mother panda and her baby who must find a new home after their current one (Misty Mountain) is taken over by "man". The young panda is called Pi-shu which is an ancient Chinese name for panda meaning "brave" Children will be offered a glimpse into the world of pandas and be privy to what panda babies look like as well as what they eat and drink. It is especially special to see the nurturing manner in which the mother panda cares for her young.
 This type of nurturing is especially pertinent because it is of the utmost importance for the survival of pandas in captivity. Given the current threatened state of pandas, readers of this book will only ever get to see pandas in captivity, an opportunity which is highly uncertain. Pandas in captivity in the United States provide children with a look into Chinese culture when one realizes all pandas in captivity are property of the Chinese government. This is further exemplified by the fact that all pandas born in captivity throughout the world are given Chinese names out of reverence for the species and the Chinese people.   (Nicole Reynolds, teacher,
SUBJECTS:     Giant panda -- Fiction.
                        Pandas -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Infancy -- Fiction.
                        Endangered species -- Fiction.

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