Chengdu Can Do – Barney Salzburg

   Chengdu Can Do – Barney Salzburg, Disney Hyperon, (9781484758472), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little panda bear named Chengdu can do lots of things all by himself: “Chengdu can jump, he can push, and he can pull.”  But getting bamboo leaves for breakfast from the tall bamboo stalks is a bit too much for Chengdu.  Luckily, his mama and sibling appear and lend a hand so they can all enjoy a breakfast of bamboo leaves.  The book includes several gatefold pages that open up and a series of varied size pages that bring Chengdu’s struggles with the bamboo to life.  The illustrations of pencil and watercolor consist of the black and white panda and green bamboo against a light blue background.  A nice story about self-sufficiency and cooperation.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children who want to do things all by themselves will identify with Chengdu.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:          7/15/17             

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