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Xander's panda party

by Park, Linda Sue,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Picture Book J E PAR
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J E PAR
Xander Panda wants to throw a party, but a panda party would have only one guest--himself. So, he decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She's not a bear--she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can't 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 Phelan's charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Xander the panda has a birthday coming up, and he wants to throw a dandy whoop-de-do! to mark the occasion. Problem: he is the only panda at the zoo, and one does not a party make. So he decides to invite Black Bear, Brown Bear, both the Polars, Grizzly, and Koala. But when Koala informs him that she is actually a marsupial, thank you very much, Xander expands the invite list to include all mammals. Of course then a bird wants in, then a gator and soon everyone is invited. When a panda from China arrives to live at the zoo, well, she is just the icing on the birthday party cake. Newbery Medalist Park's playful rhyming text introduces young kids to different species of animals, further detailed in an author's note, which also discusses China's panda research centers and the fact that, until fairly recently, the black-and-white bears were on the verge of extinction. Phelan's loose watercolor illustrations brim with energy and perfectly capture each of Xander's sweet, varied facial expressions. Share this story about the importance of inclusion with birthday kids and those fond of a trip to the zoo.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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,/ '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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Pandas -- Juvenile fiction.
Zoo animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Parties -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Pandas -- Fiction.
Zoo animals -- Fiction.
Parties -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :2013
Contributors Phelan, Matt, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN 9781328740588
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