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The secret friend
Dunbar, Joyce.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
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24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Panda feels a little hurt after helping his best friend Gander write a letter to Gander's secret friend.
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Panda feels a little hurt after helping his best friend Gander write a letter to Gander's secret friend.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Panda gets worried when his best friend Gander writes an affectionate letter to a "secret friend" in a disarming installment of the new series Read Me: Panda and Gander Stories. Dunbar (The Sand Children, reviewed above) develops the contrast between rational Gander and the more emotive Panda throughout the books; while id-driven kids are likely to identify with Panda's selfish impulses, they will also enjoy seeing Gander gain the upper hand. In Secret Friend, Panda is his most plaintive: jealous, he advises Gander to sign his letter with a tepid "Best wishes," and after Gander plasters his letter with stickers, Panda says, "That's enough stuff." (Of course the letter turns out to be for Panda himself.) Craig's (the Angelina Ballerina books) lively illustrations make the most of Panda's sulking, although the same expressions of concern and dismay appear repeatedly. With text and a generous helping of art interspersed on the tall pastel pages, the books give readers plenty to mull over. Their accessible vocabulary is infused with sly humor. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In the first story, Panda consumes a pear, banana, tangerine, an apple, and grapes while Gander meticulously prepares to eat his pomegranate seeds. Panda then asks for some of the seeds, but his friend knows just how to protect his share. In the second book, Gander enlists Panda to help gather rainwater in buckets on a hot day. Panda's New Toy is a ball attached to a cup with a string, and he does not want to share it with Gander. In the last title, Panda is hurt when Gander sends a letter to a secret friend until Panda discovers that he, in fact, is the secret friend. The humor in the texts continues in Craig's colorful, expressive drawings, which help illuminate the childlike friendship between these animals. Simple, bold lines and white backdrops focus attention on the action. While billed as early readers, these stories are too slight for youngsters old enough to handle the vocabulary. However, the narratives flow well and have a good format for reading aloud. Thus, these charming stories will work best as read-alouds with younger children.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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