Written by Youthworks Editor
"I like that Panda learns about friendship - that it's not about finding people who are the same as you, but learning to appreciate others for who they are. It's a book that sets a foundation for conversations to come as we help our daughter navigate life."
Matt Jacobs, Youth Minister, All Saints, North Epping Anglican Church
Motivated by modern Australia’s failure to recognise true friendship, renowned author Mark Hadley (The Christ Files and columnist for 16 Christian publications nationally) and talented illustrator Nathan Lee (Youth Minister, St Alban’s, Lindfield) have teamed up with Growing Faith to launch Panda: Home.
Panda: Home aims to teach children the foundations of real friendship and uses a lonely (but talented) bear as a guide to teaching kids what real friendship looks like. Mirroring the discovery of grace that every Christian makes, it teaches that friendship is not about getting what you want; rather it is a gift from God, and putting others at the centre is the only way to make sure we all get what we need.
With brilliant hand-drawn watercolour illustrations including culturally relevant images such as skateboards and drum kits, Panda: Home is perfect for ages 3 to 8. Included are learning notes for parents, which Mark has crafted with 15 years of reviewing popular culture through film and television behind him.
- Click here for an online preview of Panda: Home, which is available from Growing Faith
- Click here to listen to an interview with author Mark Hadley on Sydney's Hope 103.2