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Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten
Contributor(s): Ransom, Candice F., Grove, Christine (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399554564     ISBN-13: 9780399554568
Publisher: Doubleday
    OUR PRICE: $21.00  
Product Type: Library
Published: June 2017
Annotation: When Amanda Panda's first day of kindergarten does not go according to plan, she decides to quit and join her older brother in the second grade.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Kindergarten; Fiction.
First day of school; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016001228
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.30" (0.80 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 190394
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): CANDICE RANSOM only ever wanted to be a children's book writer. She is the author of over 125 books for kids and young adults, including Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten, and teaches in the children's literature program at Hollins University. Candice lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and her cats, Faulkner and Edison. Visit her at

CHRISTINE GROVE is the illustrator of Amanda Panda Quits KindergartenEsme's Egg, and Maddie the Mitzvah Clown. Christine especially enjoys creating children's book characters. (After a bit of sketching they take on a life of their own and are kind enough to let her get to know them.) She lives near Atlanta, surrounded by her treasured collection of Derwent 2H graphic pencils.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Amanda Panda ambitiously plans to be a star on the first day of kindergarten. Her plans go awry--annoying classmate Bitsy seems to be getting all the attention--so Amanda quits kindergarten. But when Bitsy gets lost searching for her, Amanda has a satisfying change of heart. The amiable school story features amusing illustrations of expressive panda characters in spiffy first-day-of-school clothes. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 May #3)

In a humorous take on first-day snafus, Amanda Panda expects to excel in kindergarten, but Bitsy, a gregarious classmate dressed in "so much pink it gives Amanda a headache," rubs her the wrong way. Even though Bitsy just wants to be BFFs, "Amanda Panda does not feel like being kind." Quitting kindergarten, she slips into her brother's second-grade class, but after Bitsy tracks her down there (and then promptly freaks out), Amanda confidently guides her back to their classroom, paving the way for a new friendship. Using splashes of warm color and with fine detailing, Grove creates an energetic cast of roly-poly pandas who exude style in their wardrobe choices. Ransom (Rebel McKenzie) sensitively addresses the challenges of handling expectations in new circumstances, as well as the roundabout path to friendship. Ages 3–7. Author's agent: Victoria Wells Arms, Wells Arms Literary. Illustrator's agent: Maggie Byer-Sprinzeles, Byer-Sprinzeles Agency. (June)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 August)

PreS-K—Amanda Panda is filled with excitement about starting kindergarten and has her entire first day planned. She will write her name in big, important letters on the blackboard and then wow the whole class by being the fastest runner. But as so often happens in life, things do not go exactly as she envisioned. On the bus, she is forced to sit next to Bitsy, a girl whose favorite color is "sparkles" and who seems intent on becoming Amanda's friend. Amanda does not feel like being kind and ignores this exuberant panda in pink. As if that isn't vexing enough, Bitsy proceeds to sit next to her in class, Amanda's block tower collapses in epic fashion, and worst of all; she trips during a race at recess. This is the end of the world, concludes Amanda, who decides to quit kindergarten and sneak off her to older brother's classroom. In no time at all, she realizes that the older grades don't have any of the kindergarten perks; the chairs are too big, the room is too quiet and worst of all, there is no building center. When Bitsy comes searching for her in tears, Amanda realizes she has made a true friend. And guess what? It isn't the end of the world after all. Grove's illustrations are the perfect medium for this story and she captures the young pandas' emotions expertly. Ransom has delivered a funny and relatable tale about how even when things don't go according to plan; they can still turn out okay. VERDICT Filled with droll humor that begs to be read aloud, this is an excellent back-to-school purchase and a great fit for storytime.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.