Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Steve Antony
Illustrator: Steve Antony
Publisher: Scholastic Press
From the ocean to the top of a mountain, Mr. Panda is traveling to deliver presents to each of his friends. A sweater for mouse, a bow tie for goat, some arm bands for octopus. Each gift seems a little too large for the recipients. However, as Mr. Panda's friend the lemur reminds us, it's the thought that counts. The lemur must remember this as he receives his own too-large gift from Mr. Panda and he remains thankful, despite the overlarge clothing.
This is a short, humorous read that children will love. The illustrations are bright and colorful, with lots of yellows, blues, and pinks. The facial expressions on each of the animals are unique and comical. Mr. Panda's gifts are quite large and children will love seeing the animals attempt to use the gifts that they were given, especially the lemur. The entire story is also written in Spanish, quite accurately, which allows for a wider audience. It's perfect for a bilingual classroom. This book is definitely worth a read.