Teeny Houdini # 3 The Giant Panda Plan

Teeny Houdini # 3 The Giant Panda Plan
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June 14, 2022
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Little Bessie Lee is on a mission to save the pandas! The adventures of Teeny Houdini come in short, easy-to-read chapters full of hilarious illustrations—a favorite series for building confident readers!
When Bessie and her class take a field trip to the zoo, they get to meet someone very special: Xiao Qi Ji, a baby panda! But when Bessie learns that pandas are in danger, she has to do something to save them.

Everyone in her class is working on a plan to help the pandas, yet only one group will get to present theirs at the panda showcase. With some extra-strong magic, Bessie will make sure her team’s plan is the best. Will that be enough to save the pandas?

Teeny Houdini, also known as Bessie Lee, is an overly excited, mischievous first grader who bounces off the walls—and off the page—with her volume, enthusiasm, and grand ideas, which are just too big for her tiny frame. Bessie’s multigenerational Chinese American family is the warm center of the stories, from exasperated but loving big sister Bailey to the always encouraging and understanding Gramma.

Kid-friendly and engaging, the Teeny Houdini series is a good fit for early chapter book readers.

As a bonus, kids learn the real and simple steps to a different magic trick in each book. In book three, Bessie demonstrates how to use a rope to make a Bear Knot.Zoe expertly captures Bessie’s heart and humor in black-and-white illustrations that perfectly complement the laugh-out-loud funny text.

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Bessie Lee may be teeny in size, but she more than makes up for it with her larger-than-life personality.

During a class trip to the zoo, Bessie falls in love with a baby panda named Xiao. When the class learns that pandas are on the endangered list, they are inspired to do something to help them. In order to raise funds for the endangered pandas, the teacher suggests that they perform a presentation. Team presentations will take place in class, and the winning team will present to the families. Bessie loves magic, so her team chose to incorporate a magic trick into their presentation. Her name is Teeny Houdini, after all.

On the day of the presentation, all three teams are sabotaged and can't do their presentation. The class comes together to create a memorable presentation for the families and raise money to help the endangered pandas.

What I like: There are short chapters and illustrations throughout this book, making it perfect for new readers. Also, the larger font size makes it easier to read. The author has Bessie define some words that are difficult for children to understand in a kid-friendly way.

What left me wanting more: Despite being marketed for 6-10-year-olds, I think the ideal age for this is 5-7 since it's really geared towards new readers of chapter books.

I recommend this book for children who are just beginning to read chapter books on their own. It would also make a great read aloud for teachers, since it emphasizes teamwork.
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