Giant Panda or Red Panda? A Compare and Contrast Book

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Giant Panda or Red Panda? A Compare and Contrast Book
When one hears the word “panda” most people immediately think of the large black and white “panda bears.” Yes, giant pandas are a type of bear. Did you know that red pandas are in an animal family of their own? While the two animals may not be related through animal classification, they do share some similar characteristics like a “thumb wrist” and a reliance on bamboo. Explore the similarities and differences between these mammals in this latest addition to the Compare and Contrast Series!

Written by Chris Schmitz
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 5-9, Grades 1-4
Keywords:   animal anatomy & adaptations, compare and contrast, physical adaptations, mammals, giant panda, red panda
Animals in the book:   pandas, giant panda, red panda, panda bears


Author/Illustrator Info:

Chris Schmitz has worked in environmental education at zoos and aquariums for over 35 years. She is the Director of Education at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Chris remembers hiking with her family as a child, turning the corner, and seeing a black bear sitting in the middle of the path eating huckleberries. The wonder of that moment observing that hungry bear and many other equally magical wildlife encounters as a child helped set her career path. She hopes her debut book will help children learn more about the natural world and motivate them to protect it.  

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