Camp Panda

Camp Panda

HMH Books for Young Read­ers

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Helping Cubs Return to the Wild

Rough­ly a thou­sand years ago, an esti­mat­ed 23,000 pan­das roamed wild and free through their native Chi­na. But with­in the past forty years, more than fifty per­cent of the panda’s already shrink­ing habi­tat has been destroyed by humans, leav­ing the beau­ti­ful and beloved giant pan­da vul­ner­a­ble to extinc­tion. Despite the seem­ing­ly insur­mount­able odds—poaching, habi­tat destruc­tion, pol­lu­tion, human over­pop­u­la­tion, and glob­al cli­mate change—the pan­da is mak­ing a come­back. But how?

Awards and Recognition

Robert F. Sib­ert hon­or book
Book­list, starred review
Junior Library Guild Selec­tion
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
School Library Jour­nal, starred review


“Fre­quent detailed pic­tures of pan­das and their care­tak­ers com­pli­ment the mea­sured text, and exten­sive backmatter—including a sub­sec­tion on what the aver­age per­son can do to help con­ser­va­tion efforts—makes this an excel­lent resource for researchers, STEM-lovers, and aspir­ing envi­ron­men­tal­ists.” (Book­list, starred review)

“Com­ple­ment­ing Thimmesh’s thought­ful, engag­ing­ly writ­ten text are many arrest­ing­ly adorable col­or pho­tographs of pan­das in train­ing and in the wild. A time­ly, uplift­ing sto­ry.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Ani­mal con­ser­va­tion is always a wel­come sub­ject in libraries, and the depth and breadth of this book make it a first pur­chase.” (School Library Jour­nal, starred review)