Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Camp Panda by Catherine Thimmesh - OPTIONAL

Thimmesh, Catherine  Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild, 60 pages.  NON-FICTION Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $18. Content: G.  

Human encroachment is the main cause for Giant Pandas growing extinct.  This book explains what scientists are doing to help increase the panda population as well as their environments which will help other endangered species.  The book explains reintroduction training that the scientists implement on the pandas and the ways that they try to take human interaction out of the panda’s experiences.  The Giant Panda is a much loved animal and it helps draw attention to other endangered animals as well.  

This informational text has lots of interesting and detailed facts about pandas being reintroduced into the wild.  The reading level and vocabulary as well as amount of text is higher than elementary, so this book would fit better in a middle school in maybe an animal biology unit.  The photographs are interesting and at the back of the book there is a glossary as well as what efforts the reader can make to help conservationists.  This would need a teacher guided discussion because I’m not sure many kids would pick it up to read for fun, even though I found it very interesting and well done.   

MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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