Shirokuma-chan Pankaini

Today I would like to introduce a very popular picture book for children, “Shirokuma-chan Pankaini” (Shirokuma-chan is going to buy bread). This shopping-themed picture book depicts the everyday adventures of a parent and child, making the time spent reading together even more special.

Basic Information

  • Title: Shirokuma-chan Pankaini
  • Author: Hisashi Mori, Yoshimi Wada
  • Illustrator: Ken Wakayama
  • Year of Publication: 1973
  • Publisher: Kogumasha
  • Age Range: Toddlers and up


This picture book is a story about Shirokuma-chan and her mother who go to buy bread. Shirokuma-chan walks around looking at all kinds of food. At the bread counter, there are many kinds of bread, and Shirokuma-chan is very excited about which one to choose. Shirokuma-chan chooses a long French bread. In this story, Shirokuma-chan and her mother enjoy choosing bread together.


“Shirokuma-chan Pankaini” features brightly colored pictures and simple, easy-to-understand language. Shirokuma-chan’s little adventures unfold with each turn of the picture book page. In addition, Shirokuma-chan’s facial expressions and movements are very natural and well express the feelings children experience in their daily lives.

Discover and Learn

Children will learn the joy of making choices and the pleasure of deciding through the process of Shirokuma-chan choosing bread. They will also learn the importance of spending time with their mothers and feel the bond with their families. The big message from this picture book is to nurture a heart that enjoys even the smallest things.

Recommended Readers

This picture book is recommended for children in their infancy. Parents and children will enjoy reading this book together. This picture book is perfect for children who are at an age when they begin to take an interest in small everyday events.


“Shirokuma-chan Pankaini” is a warm picture book about a small adventure in everyday life. As children follow Shirokuma-chan’s little footsteps, they may look at their own daily lives and make new discoveries. I encourage you to read this picture book during a time shared between parents and children. The heartwarming story and beautiful illustrations will further strengthen family bonds.


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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