ping ping panda book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

To be honest, I have a literal bookshelf packed with board books for little hands. There are touch and feel books, lift-the-flap books, fiction, non-fiction and so on. I have come to the point where I need to be picky and weed out a few in order to make room for those that are truly worth keeping, such as Ping Ping Panda’s Bamboo Journey by Maurice Pledger.

Ping Ping is not simply another cute board book with a fuzzy panda on the cover. It is also not just another over simplified, lift-the-flap book. Pledger has done an excellent job of mixing a cute fictional story of an irresistible panda bear with a bit of information concerning different animals and their habits and diets.

As Ping-Ping Panda searches for more bamboo to eat, she runs into quite a few friends, and readers are able to discover the different types of foods which those creatures enjoy. Children will be introduced to creatures such as Rusty Red Panda (a personal favorite animal of mine whom one does not often find depicted in children’s books – my children were very excited to see Rusty!), Becky Blue Bird eating figs, Katie Kingfisher hunting for insects, and Polly Pika nibbling grass. Many of these animals are unfamiliar to American children, outside of zoo settings, so it is neat for them to see such animals depicted in a story book and doing so sparks interest for children to look elsewhere to learn more about these new animals.

Ping-Ping’s friends help her to search through the various habitats in their surrounding area in order to find a bamboo forest to supply Ping-Ping’s favorite treat, and children learn not only to help each other, but perhaps meet a few new animals and learn a bit about them in the process.

There is definitely space for Ping-Ping on my shelf, and you will find that she deserves a place on your, as well.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Silver Dolphin Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.