Wang Ming is a giant panda that lives in the bamboo forests of Sichuan Province, China. He enjoys a life of eating bamboo and watching over his animal friends, but avoids the humans that come into the forest to cut bamboo. When a stranger is injured in his forest, Wang Ming must decide how to help — and in doing so earns the gratitude of the people of Chengdu.

Children will love the story of Chang Ming’s dilemma, and his creative solution to the problem. At the same time, they will be introduced to the actions that make someone wise, smart, generous and loved, and learn that greatness is not a title that is given, but earned.

Author Kateri Wang is the granddaughter of former Pendleton city council member and business woman Anna Lee Kennedy, and grew up in Pendleton and Ukiah. She now lives in Arizona with her family, including an autistic son who inspired the story.

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Contact Renee Struthers at rstruthers@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0818.

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