Panda Pants by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers


Summary:  A young panda is sure he wants pants, and works to convince his dad.  His dad counters each one of his points until the two come upon a scarecrow…wearing pants.  The young panda quickly relieves the scarecrow of his trousers and puts them on, even though they’re a bit too large.  Suddenly, the two pandas are confronted by a growling wild cat (leopard? tiger?) who has been stalking them on their walk.  Thinking quickly, the young panda grabs a watermelon and uses his new pants as a slingshot, then gives them away to an admiring rabbit who has seen the whole thing.  As they walk on, his dad asks him why he gave his pants away, and his son replies that he doesn’t want pants anymore.  He wants shoes.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A fun mentor text for teaching persuasive writing in the primary grades.  Who can resist pandas and bunnies?

Cons:  Not enough black around the pandas’ eyes.

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