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Badger is so old that he knows he will soon die. He tries to prepare his friends for this event, but he does die, they are still grief-stricken. Gradually they come to terms with their grief by remembering all the practical things Badger taught them, and so Badger lives on in his friends' memories of him.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780862640620
ISBN-10: 0862640628
Format: Hardback
(218mm x 262mm x 9mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Andersen Press Ltd
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Mar-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » Hollow echoes of The Wind in the Willows. In watercolored drawings with a rough resemblance to Ernest Shepard's, Badger first ponders his death, then peacefully goes to his death (seated in his rocker, by the fire). . . in a dream of running and tumbling down a Long Tunnel, "as if he had fallen out of his body." Reading his good-bye note, his animal friends remember his goodness, and weep. "The snow covered the countryside, but it didn't conceal the sadness that Badger's friends felt." Then, one by one, each remembers something Badger had taught him: Mole, how to cut a chain of moles from a piece of folded paper; Frog, how to skate; Fox, how to knot a tie properly; Mrs. Rabbit, how to bake a gingerbread rabbit. These, they decide, are Badger's "parting gifts." And, come spring, Mole says "Thank you, Badger" - "believing that Badger would hear him. And. . . somehow. . . Badger did." Facile, trite emotionalism that capitalizes on the emotional richness of the look-alike original. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Susan Varley

Susan Varley is a prize-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her picture book Badger's Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award in 1985. Ginette Thomas lives in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. She has three children.

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