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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, Picture Book

Mrs Harkness coverMrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Recommended for: All ages

In 1934, Ruth Harkness left NYC, bound for China via Ceylon and Singapore. Her goal was to bring a panda back to America for the first time. Among her 22 pieces of luggage, she packed dried milk and a baby bottle. Escorted by a guide through treacherous weather and travel conditions, Ruth finally found an adorable baby panda! She named the bear Su Lin, meaning “a little bit of something cute.” The baby bottle and milk turned out to be keys to the success of this mission! When they returned to the US, she cared for and nurtured Su Lin as a pet, before donating him to the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.  This engaging and colorful picture book biography would be a great read for all ages.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, Picture Book.
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