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BIRTHDAY AT THE PANDA PALACE by Stephanie Calmenson

BIRTHDAY AT THE PANDA PALACE

By Stephanie Calmenson (Author) , Doug Cushman (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: July 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-052663-4
Publisher: HarperCollins

Mouse’s birthday party is at The Panda Palace, and all her friends are attending, each bringing a special gift. Under Mr. Panda’s direction, one hot elephant, two roaring lions, three pigs, three jumping monkeys, two tall giraffes, two laughing hyenas, a couple of honey-bear baseball all-stars and some singing chicks present Mouse with a rhyming guessing game for each gift. “For monkeys like us, / Bananas will please. / But for you, birthday mouse, / Here’s a big chunk of . . . Cheese!” Rhyming clues and answers appear on alternating pages, allowing children to listen carefully and solve the riddle before turning the page to confirm their response with a full colorful cartoon drawing in signature Cushman style. Some riddles will be more obvious than others, as rhyming words are not as apparent. (Compare “own with xylophone” or “flight with kite.”) Still, clues are evident enough and the combination of a popular theme and winning ending emphasizing a friendship’s reunion in a jovial zoo-like setting will encourage repeated readings with gleeful shouts at the appropriate time. (Picture book. 3-5)