Lili: A Giant Panda of Sichuan

Lili: A Giant Panda of Sichuan

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: Morrow Junior Books
Publication Date: 1988

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China's Sichuan Province, a land of towering mountain ranges and lush lowland valleys, is home to the giant panda. Here Lili, a young female panda, spends her life roaming its wild mountainsides for the bamboo that is the staple of pandas' diets.

Although humans are drawing closer to her territory with each passing year, she rarely comes in contact with them. But when the bamboo flowers and then dies—an event that occurs only once or twice a century—Lili is faced with starvation and her survival depends upon the very foe she has always avoided.

The panda is one of the most loved animals in the world—and the most endangered. There are less than one thousand alive today, and the rugged terrain of Sichuan Province is their only remaining natural habitat. This dramatic life-cycle story from the noted naturalist Robert McClung, accompanied by Irene Brady's beautifully atmospheric illustrations, vividly presents the threat to their survival and indicates the world-wide efforts currently under way to preserve them.

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