Tracks of a Panda

Tracks of a Panda

By Nick Dowson; Yu Rong (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763647377, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2010


A giant panda and her baby set off on a search for a safe, sustaining home in this informative tale about an enchanting creature.

High on a mist-wrapped mountain, a mother panda cradles her newborn, pink and impossibly small. The bamboo patch they need for food is dying, and as soon as her baby is old enough, they must seek a new home, sleeping in trees and swimming across icy streams along the way. Nick Dowson’s lyrical text, interspersed with intriguing facts, follows one of nature’s most magnificent — and endangered — species on its search for a safe habitat, while Yu Rong’s expressive, delicate brushwork brings these legendary creatures to life.

About the Author
Nick Dowson is an author, teacher, and naturalist. He is fascinated by giant pandas, and although he has never seen one in the wild, they often appear in his dreams. He lives in Suffolk, England.
Yu Rong trained in Nanjing as a practitioner of Chinese art before moving to Cambridge, England. She has never seen a wild panda either but has been to southwest China, where they live.

Yu Rong was born and grew up in China. She moved to England, where she attended the Royal College of Art. She loves plants and animals and enjoys the countryside of Cambridge, England, where she lives with her husband and small daughter. Of this book, she says, "Amelia Goose was inspired by my daughter, Hannah. Both are innocent, happy, energetic, and enthusiastic about life."