Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter - ADVISABLE

Potter, Alicia Mrs. Harkness and the Panda, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  Knopf (Random), 2012.  $17.  PICTURE BOOK.  Content: G. 

In 1934, Ruth’s husband, William Harkness, set off for China to bring a panda bear to the US.  When Ruth is told that her husband died in China, she is determined to go to China and bring back the panda as her gift to him.  Even though she is a dainty woman who designed tea dresses, she was undeterred in her quest.  It is a journey of thousands of miles and tons of courage.  

While you might be upset with Mrs. Harkness’ methods, that first panda was actually the beginning of the modern animal conservation movement.  Any level science class would find value in this offering.  

EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher

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