Yu Rong was so right in choosing a Chinese painting technique to bring to life all the splendor and adoration that surrounds one of the world's most beloved creatures- pandas. Each page is feathered with Nick Dowson's soft verse that slips in educational morsels, "High on a mist-wrapped mountain, cradled in a leafy nest, a mother panda holds her newborn cub gently in her giant paw."
But Rong's captivating brush paintings in Tracks of a Panda made me markedly pause and then dissolve into the mystical world of these endangered beauties.
|My favorite page, "Clouds curl around their tracks as they go."|
Nick Dowson resides in England and, other than an author, is a naturalist and an English and drama teacher. He says, "Writing this book made me think again that pandas may look soft and cuddly, but they need to be very tough to survive. I hope they are able to stay in the mountains so there will always be wild pandas in the world."
Tracks of a Panda (for ages 5+) is not only a great story full of stunning imagery, but is also a great tool for science lesson plans involving animal habitats and lifecycles, a geography lesson on China, or an art lesson on Chinese brush technique!
Click here for instructions on how to make this simple, felt panda purse.
For an easy snack plate, a more involved panda that encourages recycling, and many more ideas click here.
Lastly, for the most adventurous of you
who aren't scared of a little dough,
click here for show-stopping panda bread.