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Kids Fiction 303
beautifully illustrated story about a perilous journey
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
PIP AND THE BAMBOO PATH is a gorgeously illustrated story about finding a home with important messages about deforestation and endangered species. Pip is a red panda who lives in the forest with her mother. When the trees are cleared, they need to find a new home. They are guided towards the bamboo path.

Along the way, they encounter dangers they never anticipated and persevere along the journey until they reach a safe place to make a nest and rest. The images are gorgeous with a sketch-like appearance to the backgrounds and cover whole pages. Much of the story is conveyed through the lovely images.

What I loved: The images are beautiful, and Pip and her mother's journey really leaps off the pages as the readers follow them along their dangerous trip. The book could be used to start some important discussions about deforestation, city life, and endangered species if so desired (it is not overly emphasized but can spark discussions). It's also a lovely story of taking an unexpected journey and facing the odds along the way.

Final verdict: Overall, this is a lovely story with stunning illustrations and a featured endangered species. The book could be used as a framework for big discussions and/or simply enjoyed when shared with little ones.
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