Splendid full-color photographs and unusually informative text and captions make this a science title of note, with up-to-date information on pandas' habits and life cycle, and on efforts to save them in the wild. Photos capture pandas cuddling, ambling, eating bamboo, slurping rice gruel and feasting on a roast mutton. Pandas spend 14 hours a day eating. The 250 lb. mother cradles her baby, no bigger than a hamster, and later nurses and plays with her 22 lb. cub. Several fine shots show scientists in a 1983 rescue effort saving starving pandas in the Chinese mountains. Young readers may find the three chapters of text too squeezed for easy reading, but will be captivated by the clear, colorful, action-filled photos. An index would be useful.