Pip and the Bamboo Path
In the great forested heights of the Himalayas, many species live peacefully, but their lives are changing forever as humans cut down the trees that they call home. When Pip and her mother realize they are no longer safe in their familiar forest, the two red pandas embark on a journey to find the Bamboo Path, which should lead them to a new home. But the long road ahead is full of unfamiliar places, hidden dangers, and something neither Pip, nor her mother, has ever seen before--a bustling city.
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.