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Xander’s Panda Party

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by Linda Sue Park (Author), Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

How to host the Perfect Party!

Panda planned to throw a party. He makes invitations and decides to send them to all his “Bear” friends at the zoo. But Koala objects! She is not a bear.. can she still come to Xander panda’s party?

Xander's Panda Party Invitation to Bears

 

Xander's Panda Party Koala

Xander was not sure what to do? So he thinks really hard. Finally Xander decides to expand his guest list Smile And invite more animals!

Xander's Panda Party inside

However, Rhino has a slight problem. He won’t come without his bird. Well, Xander does not want to disappoint and feels really blue. What to do? He thinks and thinks some more. Then he has a brilliant idea! And makes fresh NEW invitations. Its time to invite ALL birds and ALL mammals at the zoo to his party Smile

With the help of his new friend Amanda Salamander, Xander arranges a fun party for everyone at the zoo. The party is in full swing when a truck arrives. At the back, there is a large wooden crate. Who could it possibly be? Smile

There is SO much going on this lovely picture book Xanders Panda Party. The verse rhymes but without a childish feel so that it keeps older kids reading. As a matter of fact the language introduces wonderful new combinations of rhymes.

“Xander felt a little blue.

He chewed bamboo, a stalk or two.

He fidgeted and paced the floor, then scratched an itch and paced some more.

Finally, a firm decision: Xander’s brand-new party vision!”

OR

“From her tree Koala hollered, ‘Xander, I am not a bear.’ 

Xander didn’t understand her.

‘Koala Bear, you’re not a bear?’

He stared at her in consternation.
‘Sorry for the complication.

I know I’m called Koala Bear.but I am not a bear, I swear.

I am a marsupial. Marsupials –we’re rather rare.

Will I not be welcome there?'”

Apart from the unique rhyme for verse, Xanders Panda Party has a hidden learning agenda. Remember the technique of sorting, grouping, classifying and ordering? Through clever story telling, Linda Sue Park introduces the idea of grouping animals in various ways.

Yet another theme is the theme of inclusion. While Xander ponders over who to invite, one is engaged in the idea that all animals tall and small, feathered or not, are invited and included in Xander’s party.

Clever execution, wonderful learning, and absolutely wonderful/engaging art work! This picture books is a perfect 10!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


25 comments

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  1. Sounds like a great book! Love that she’s introducing grouping through a fun story. Thanks for sharing on the Learn Through Play hop!

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    • reshamad

      Its a super fun book Leah. I hope you get to give it a read
      -Reshama

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I like the idea of sorting, in particular–particularly in terms of taxonomy of animals. It’s such a simple way to introduce an important biological concept. And the illustrations are really nice–cute, but also elegant and simple. I still have a hard time getting into most rhyming text (especially rhyming narrative), but I do like that the rhyme scheme is a little more complex than the standard kid’s fare.

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    • reshamad

      Thats what attracted me to the book as well Destiny. The rhyming text is not too complex yet doesn’t go the usual rhythm route so it is quite accessible to older kids. Thanks for stopping by
      -Reshama

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  3. Hi Reshama! I saw your link on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I like it that there are lots of things for kids to learn and the rhyme is very clever. I just Tweeted about this lovely book. My Twitter name is @tinarobmorley if you want to RT it. https://twitter.com/tinarobmorley

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    • reshamad

      Thanks Christina! Introducing new language is so important at this age. I love how this book sneaks complex words into rhyme and makes it fun!
      -Reshama

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  4. Wonderful illustrations! This looks like such a fun read while kids can learn about the grouping of animals. I’m over from the Kidlitbloghop.

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    • reshamad

      Yes, I loved that science features so nicely.. an unusual theme but done very well. Definitely attractive to school libraries.
      -Reshama

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  5. stopping in from the Kid Lit Blog Hop! This book is too cute!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Savannah, glad to be hosting the hop along with you
      -Reshama

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  6. ooooohhhh The rhyme is fantastic….. I have to check this one out. I am starting to be obsessed with really good rhyme. Thanks for a fabulous recommendation and for hosting the kid lit blog hop….

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    • reshamad

      This one is clever, i normally have high standards for rhyme and this one really meets the goal. I love the clever use of language and vocabulary for this age level..
      -Reshama

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  7. Sounds like a book my boys would love. Can’t wait to add it to our library list.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Jodie. I am sure they’ll love it
      -Reshama

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  8. We’re getting close to Max’s 3rd birthday, so this book hits home! Who do we invite, and how do we remain inclusive without inviting 50 people?!
    Thanks for the great link, and for hosting the KLBH once again!

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    • reshamad

      And dont forget to group, classify and segment the guests too :)) Kidding.. but it would be a fun way of showing kids how classification works in real life!
      thanks for stopping by Jaymie.
      -Reshama

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  9. This story sounds delightful, and the illustrations are so CUTE! I definitely want to add this one to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Its a great read aloud. Hope you get a chance to read it Katie. Thanks for stopping by,
      -Reshama

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  10. That book sounds wonderful and I agree, it definitely seems to address inclusion/exclusion. And seriously, any book that even remotely mentions a koala is a winner with my son at the moment! lol Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      Lol! Then this one needs to go on your list of must reads The illustrations are adorable!
      -Reshama

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  11. Looks like a great book. #SandyToes Learn Through Play

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    • reshamad

      Fun and learning at the same time! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  12. ccarpinello

    Hopping a bit late, but this looks like another good book on making choices. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl, Hop Hostess

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