Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

Have you ever wondered how people in the US learned about Pandas?  Here is the story of a determined woman who wanted to finish her husband's quest.

Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this children's book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy at your local bookstore.

Mr. Harkness went to China to find a panda to bring back to the states to study and display for the public.  Unfortunately, he died on his trip.  The longer Mrs. Harkness thought about it, the more determined she became to carry on with his quest.  All her friends and relatives tried to talk her out of it.

When she found someone who believed in her cause, she got outfitted and took twenty-two boxes of supplies.  She even included a baby bottle with dried milk. The way was hard and they were having no luck at capturing a panda when they found a baby crying in the base of a tree.  Good thing they had that baby bottle!

There is a historical timeline in the back of the book as well as some additional facts about pandas and some suggested reading materials.

One of my favorite parts of the illustrations are the postcards.  They have stamps, look real and they even have a few photos of the time period.  They really added to the story.

Why not share the history of how pandas came to the US with your little one?  My first teddy bear was a panda...

Happy reading.

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