My favorite images in time
shared for family and friends, Panda Wishes is the name of the book but maybe I should have called it Ruth Harkness, great American Explorer! The photographs are amazing, I have known about the pandas because of her, and in this book I honor the memory of the late "Teen Becksted" who was with Ruth and Su Lin and Mei Mei.
Grandfather and so much more, his biography reads like a wonderful tale of people and places, miracles and love. Scratching the surface of his talent with one of the many, subjects he covered, The First American Panda ever to be returned alive.
1936 Chicago USA
Then the world would just open up for him, and I remember the funny things, he said:
"Eat your plate",
"Just look at it, don't ever touch a photo"
"Wood is good"
" See you in the funny papers..."
My older relatives would have much more fun things to say about Teen, than I.
I hope someday to do an art show of family images that are all about art imitating life.
This book has many facets, it can be read in different chapters at different times. It has specific childrens chapters with illustrations in full color. I put the introduction in to help the teachers and parents guide their children with understanding of a time that was different than today. Information that is history is available and that is what this book also help out with. If you just want to know more on this subject, but dont know where to turn, my Bibliography is a who's who of panda history. I list the National Geographic Magazine numbers and the other books available like Ruth's excellent book, "The Lady and the Panda", if you love her, and this story, you can own her book.
I am not an affiliate, just an antique book collector, we discovered about 4 Ruth Harkness books that were listed at over $180.00, that makes my book a bargain!
Roosevelts book in contrast was not as expensive as hers, which we though twas very interesting. But Trailing the Giant Panda was a great book, very detailed and the epitome of the 19th century hunter I portray in the Panda Wishes Book.