China's Goodwill Ambassador, Tai Shan the Panda

China's Goodwill Ambassador, Tai Shan the Panda

Patricia Eireann Holz, Tabitha Benedict Aaron

Language: English

Pages: 12

ISBN: 2:00158040

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"China's Goodwill Ambassador," Tai Shan the Panda, is a mischevious four-year-old panda, a descendant of the first panda pair given as gifts from the Chinese people to the American people in 1972. He is a popular and beloved sight for children visiting the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. All is well until he discovers he must leave the zoo and go alone to Sichaun province, China. With mixed feelings he learns from his parents that he must go to help save endangered baby pandas. Tai Shan also learns the meaning of a goodwill ambassador as he says goodbye to all his friends and travels on the Bamboo Express to China. He is daring, friendly and outgoing, and his courage is constantly tested through some great adventures.

Combines fact and fiction based on the true story of the real Tai Shan.

Patricia Eireann Holz is an Irish-born writer of poetry, travel writing, and fiction. Holz founded Washington International magazine with a view toward building bridges of understanding between cultures. China's Goodwill Ambassador, Tai Shan the Panda encompasses the values of friendship, courage and respect, and deals with the pain of separation as well as the joy of adventure. With an education and field experience in child psychology, this is her first book dedicated to children.

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that, Miss Sniffy,” he said, looking up at the moon again in surprise. “But now I must go.” Miss Sniffy stood up and leaned her long neck over the top of the cage, all the way down to the panda’s head. She gave him a big, wet kiss. It landed right in his eye. “Ouch, Miss Sniffy,” he said laughing, “I can’t see.” He wiped his eye, then looked up at her and said, “I am going to miss you.” Tai Shan didn’t want to cry, so he hurried away to see his third friend. When he reached the elephant’s cage

baby panda’s cry. He listened and listened very carefully until he thought he knew exactly where the cry was coming from. Following the sound, Tai Shan climbed up a hill and, at the very top, he saw a huge bramble bush with lots of thorns and no way in or out. In the center of the tangled bush he spotted a baby panda. When he looked down the slope he saw a river, and in the river was a huge crocodile, its mouth wide open, staring straight up at him. Tai Shan was petrified. He had never seen

rescue. Tai Shan was honored because had found the first baby panda, which no other panda had been able to do in a long time. They called him a hero. They patted him and gave him special treats. When Tai Shan looked around for the baby panda he was very pleased to see the hungry cub stuffing bamboo into his mouth. It looked like he had forgotten about the crocodile and was enjoying the party. Tai Shan was happy too and soon forgot how scared he had been of the big crocodile with the gigantic

all the way to China to be with many more pandas. They said there would be other pandas to play with, that he would be well looked after by his aunts and uncles, and that he would be happy in China. They said it was very important for him to go to China to help find hungry pandas wandering in the forest. They would be very proud of him for doing it. Tai Shan was happy to hear this, but he had a lot of questions. He wondered if it would be a long, long walk to China. His eyes grew bigger and

all the way to China to be with many more pandas. They said there would be other pandas to play with, that he would be well looked after by his aunts and uncles, and that he would be happy in China. They said it was very important for him to go to China to help find hungry pandas wandering in the forest. They would be very proud of him for doing it. Tai Shan was happy to hear this, but he had a lot of questions. He wondered if it would be a long, long walk to China. His eyes grew bigger and

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