Panda and Polar Bear, by Matthew Baek (ages 3-6)
A panda bear and polar bear live side by side at the zoo, but never meet due to the big white cliff that separates them. One day polar bear wonders what might be beyond the white cliff. The curious polar bear winds up slipping down into the panda bear’s den and lands in a mud puddle that make him look like he has the same markings as the panda. The two bears play together, but soon polar bear misses his family. But how will he ever get back up the cliff? And when he does, will panda still want to be his friend even though they are different?
A very cute and clever book about mistaken identity and friends that last no matter if you are near or far, the same or different. Readers will get a kick out of how polar bear becomes “disguised” as a panda bear. The message about friendships continuing whether you live near or far is quite nice. The illustrations are soft watercolors that vary from covering the pages fully to being just part of a page as a single illustration or multiple illustration that follows the story’s action.
Panda and Polar Bear, by Matthew Baek; Penguin Books for Young Readers, 2009; $16.99