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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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