When I read first few pages of Panda & Polar Bear, I thought of Stellaluna as well as Owen and Mzee. How sweet their friendships were, despite their differences. A baby polar bear met and befriended with a baby panda bear quite by accident after falling off the cliff from his cold and wintry world. He landed in a patch of soft, squidgy and brown mud that transformed his outer look to be like a panda bear.
Not knowing the difference, both Polar and Panda enjoyed each other’s company… climbing trees, playing hide-and-seek, and following the leader…until their tummies called for attention. Panda loved bamboo but Polar had to catch fish. Polar shared and explained his snowy and white world with Panda. The more he talked about it, the more he felt homesick. Like the best buddy, Panda helped Polar to get home whatever it took.
When we appreciate our differences and treasure our similarities, our worlds become richer, bigger and a more enjoyable place to live in. Panda & Polar Bear is a great book to read and learn the way of life. I won’t be surprised if it receives an award.
Reviewed by Sophie Masri