Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park –ADVISABLE

Park, Linda Sue Xander’s Panda Party 40 pgs. Clarion Books, 2013(Sept). $10.19.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Xander really wants to plan a Panda party –big problem with that- he is the only panda at the whole zoo. So he expands to a bear party. But its not as inclusive as he thought. Xander keeps expanding his taxonomy parameters in an attempt to include more and more creatures –finally every one! But there is a big surprise in store for Xander!
I would put this book in a category of picture books for older students. While there is a wonderful emphasis on inclusion, it takes basic taxonomy knowledge to really understand this. Though I do think younger students would enjoy the illustrations and the party theme.

EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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