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In the wake of the May 2008 earthquake that hit the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve in China, Phyllis Perry was inspired to write Pandas’ Earthquake Escape. Pandas’ Earthquake Escape, follows the adventures of a mother panda, LiLing, and her cub, Tengfei, for several days after the devastating earthquake. Along with Susan Detwiler’s vivid illustrations, Perry tells an exciting story of two pandas’ quest to survive outside the comfort of their reserve. Perry aims to educate children about natural disaster through her characters LiLing and Tengfei.
Pandas’ Earthquake Escape, like all Sylvan Dell titles, features a special “For Creative Minds” section at the end of each story. This section provides fun activities and information to enhance the book’s educational value. Additionally, the Sylvan Dell website offers an abundant amount of supporting material including 30-40 page “Teaching Activities” packet, Interactive Reading and Math Quizzes, the most technologically advanced e-Books in the world today, and much more.
Phyllis J. Perry is the author of more than 70 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for children and adults. Perry was an educator in California before moving to Boulder where her husband took a position at the University of Colorado. In Boulder, Perry worked with the Boulder Valley Schools as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, and director of talented and gifted education before taking early retirement to write full time. She is a member of the Colorado Authors’ League and of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Perry resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, David. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Susan Detwiler is the illustrator of several books for children including The First Teddy Bear and The Wonderful Bicycle Parade. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her illustrations have appeared in the children’s magazines, Highlights For Children and Ladybug. Susan’s artwork has also been used for puzzles, games, and more than one hundred greeting cards. Books have always been a source of joy in her life, and as a child, she particularly loved books with beautiful illustrations. Susan lives in Maryland and received her education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.