Soft cover book by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2– As Mr. Panda graciously greets guests arriving at his restaurant, he also invites readers to enjoy a rollicking counting rhyme. A peanut-selling elephant shows up first, then two carsick lions, three pigs (carrying their building materials and pursued by a slavering wolf), and on through assorted critters until ten chickens bring seating to capacity. When a tiny mouse asks to come in, Mr. Panda hastily makes room because, “No matter how many,/ No matter how few,/ There will always be room/ At the Palace for you!” Unforced, funny quatrains are reinforced with hilarious illustrations full of perfect details. The party of penguins is served fish, five monkeys have bananas, the giraffes (who had been painting rooftops) nibble leaves and twigs, peacocks dine on snails. And, as the guests depart carrying doggie bags, and the alligator waiters sponge tables, readers will almost be able to hear Mr. Panda say, “Whew!” as he hangs the closed sign. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc