Xander's Panda Party

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Xander's Panda Party

By Linda Sue Park; Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547558653, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013


"Xander planned a panda party. Yes, a dandy whoop-de-do
""But Xander was the only panda. Just one panda at the zoo."

The zoo's paucity of pandas doesn t impede Xander's party planning for long. He decides to invite "all" the bears. But Koala protests. She's not a bear she's a marsupial Does that mean she can t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and Calling all bears evolves into Calling all creatures. The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan's charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do

About the Author
Linda Sue Park, recipient of the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, is the bestselling author of many books for young readers, including picture books, poetry, and historical and contemporary fiction. Born in Illinois, Ms. Park has also lived in California, England, and Ireland. She and her husband, a journalist, now live in Rochester, New York, and have two grown children. Learn more at www.lindasuepark.com.

MATT PHELAN's many books includeVery Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and "The Storm in the Barn", winner of the Scott O'Dell Award. He lives in Philadelphia. www.mattphelan.com