Thursday, January 26, 2012

Children's Book Review: Panda-monium!


Written by:  Cynthia Platt
Illustrated by:  Veronica Vasylenko
Published by: Tiger Tales, 2009
32 pages

What does a Panda do when his tummy rumbles? He looks for crunchy, munchy bamboo! But Beckett doesn't notice the two pandas behind him and the growing numbers who follow him as he leads them on a search for crunchy, munchy bamboo. And lots of hungry pandas can lead to only one thing... Panda-Monium! This bouncy, rhyming read-aloud offers an entertaining lesson in counting.

* This was a really cute story about a hungry panda in search of bamboo.  It's told in rhyme and I really liked that certain words were emphasized with different fonts. It can be used to help reinforce counting as more pandas come and join the search for bamboo.  I also thought that this book would be great for reviewing verbs, since so many examples are given.  Children can point out the verbs and show the action.  The kids enjoyed listening to the story, but because it was a school night and getting late (and we usually read three bed-time stories!) we didn't count the pandas.

Family Rating:  1 1/2 thumbs up!

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