Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 3 to 7
Little Panda startles Big Panda awake inside his den. So Big Panda (who's a little cranky) sets him straight by declaring, “Mine.” Then he puts Little Panda outside on a rock and tells him, “Yours.” When Little Panda appears at breakfast wanting Big Panda's food, he tells him again, “Mine.” Though, to encourage Little Panda to leave, he hands him a kite and says, “Yours.” At first, Little Panda has fun flying the kite. But soon he begins disrupting the other animals in the forest. They all give him the same message: their things, “Mine;” the kite, “Yours.” However, Little Panda is unable to stop the wind-blown kite's tail from sweeping up the animals' things. And soon the animals themselves are precariously swinging from it, too, as they try to reclaim their stuff. Can they all learn a new word --- “Ours”?
This is a nearly wordless picture book, but what powerful words they are! Award-winning author Marsha Diane Arnold has crafted a simple but richly layered story about sharing, friendship and belonging. Together with Qin Leng's detailed and sweetly expressive illustrations, it makes a great read-aloud, full of drama, suspense, and surprises. Encouraging a growth mindset in young children, this book is perfect for character education lessons on kindness, inclusiveness, and compassion. It also works for social studies explorations of community. Set in Asia, the names of all the native animals included in the story are listed at the beginning of the book.
About the authors
Marsha Diane Arnold is an award-winning picture book author with over a million books sold. Her books have been selected for the Smithsonian Notable Books for Children list and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and have garnered awards such as the Ridgway Award for Best First Book. She lives in Florida.
Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
A delicate, whimsical tale of community, friendship, and belonging.—School Library Journal
... full of whimsy ...—Canadian Children's Book News