Panda Kindergarten

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Great photos make this a must-have for young animal lovers.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about what pandas need in order to thrive.

Positive Messages

An encouraging look at one way to help save endangered pandas.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Panda caregivers model concern for and commitment to helping the baby pandas grow up strong and healthy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this sweet, informative book.

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What's the story?

At the Wolong Nature Reserve in China, baby pandas are raised with the help of loving human caretakers. Lots of color photos give kids a detailed glimpse into their day-to-day care from the time they are born until the day the baby pandas are grown enough to start families of their own in the reserve or in the nearby forests.

Is it any good?

This book is a certain hit for kids who like animals. And who wouldn't love the adorable roly-poly pandas? Kids will learn a lot about panda care and they'll also be inspired by the human efforts to nurture an endangered species. The photographs are excellent and really let readers get an up-close understanding of what panda kindergarten is all about.

Kids headed to their own kindergarten adventure will appreciate seeing the universality of adults careing for little ones -- even across species. They'll also get a kick out of spotting the similarities including time on playground toys and an afternoon rest period!

Excellent photographs give readers a real sense of the pandas' day-to-day lives. Plus, baby pandas are adorable!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why panda kindergartens are necessary, and explore more about the ecological threat to pandas at their local library.

  • Talk about other kinds of animal kindergartens. What would it be like to have, say, a kangaroo kindergarten? Or a preschool for flamingos?

  • Kids can gather their stuffed animals and set up their own animal daycare.

  • Kids can learn more about Wolong, the part of China where these pandas are from.

  • A visit to the local zoo is a great way to find out about other ways wild animals are cared for by humans.

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