Publisher: Washington International
Pub Date: 5/1/2012
Author: Patricia Holz
Received From : NetGalley
China's Goodwill Ambassador, Tai Shan the Panda is a mischievous four year-old panda, a descendant of the first panda pair given as gifts from the Chinese people to the American people in 1972. He is a popular and beloved sight for children visiting the National Zoo in Washington, DC. All is well until he discovers he must leave the zoo and go alone to Sichaun province, China. With mixed feelings he learns from his parents that he must go to help save endangered baby pandas. Tai Shan also learns the meaning of a goodwill ambassador as he says goodbye to all his friends and travels on the Bamboo Express to China. He is daring, friendly, and outgoing, and his courage is constantly tested through some great adventures. Combines fact and fiction based on the true story of the real Tai Shan.
C's Review-aww Tai Shan is so cute. He is a friendly Panda and gets into some adventure. But he still finds the baby pandas like he is asked. I like the way he makes friends with the other zoo animals.
Moms' review- this is a really cute kids book, with a great story of how we can help others. I love the explanations of an ambassador from Tai Shan's parents and the selfless way that they all approach his time in China. For me though the illustrations were a bit off at one point it felt to me like the picture of Tai Shan was cut and pasted into the illustration. With kids books I feel the pictures tell the story just as much as the words and I'd love to see these a bit more fluid!