Saturday, April 20, 2013

Giant Pandas

Title:  Giant Pandas
Author: Gail Gibbons
Illustrator: Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Holiday House

Genre: Information
Level: Primary
Number of Pages: 28
Pub. Date: 2002
Summary: This book has several facts about giant pandas along with many illustrated pictures of them and their habitat. Some of the facts include what they eat, where they live, what they do during the day, how they take care of their young and how they are in danger of going extinct because people are destroying their habitats. It ends by telling the reader how some people are trying to keep the species alive by raising them in captivity and releasing them back into nature reserves in China or in zoos.
Critique: The information provided in the book is presented in a direct manner, with one fact or topic on each page, which makes it clear and organized. The illustrations make it engaging for children. Most of the information in the book is accurate facts about giant pandas except for the last page, that says, “it is so much fun watching
The author, Gail Gibbons
them. Giant pandas are one of the rarest and most appealing animals in the world.” This last line is opinion, unlike the rest of the book. On the last page there are facts about pandas like, “the biggest giant panda that was ever weighed was almost 400 pounds (181 kg).”            One negative element is that there are no references or sources for where she found the information so it can be sure that the facts are accurate.
Response: Something new I learned from this book was pandas have to eat bamboo for ten to sixteen hours a day in order to stay healthy and strong. This is because bamboo isn’t very nutritious. They eat about 27 pounds of bamboo in a single day. This was a really interesting fact to learn from this book. That is a lot of bamboo! I made a text to self connection when I compared this to how much horses each every day. Horses eat about 15 pounds of food per day, that’s 9 pounds less than a panda, which weighs much less than a horse. I thought that was really interesting.

 After reading Giant Pandas, you can read Gail Gibbons' other book about polar bears and then 
have the children create a Venn Diagram about the similarities and differences between panda and polar bears. Here is an example:

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