Badger’s Parting Gifts

Author Varley, Susan
Language English
Random Century, 1992


Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but as they recall his many kind ways, they realize that he has left each one of them with a special gift.

Subjects :

  • Animals
  • Children's stories, English
  • Fiction
  • Death
  • Badgers

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1986; Nominee Kentucky

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Reading Measurement Programs:

Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books (New York:) 1984.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Accelerated Reader Points 2

Lothrop Lee & Shepard (New York:) 1992.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 770
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Accelerated Reader Points 2

Picture Lions (London:) 1992.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader Points 0

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Reviews :

Jenny Blanch (Carousel 54, June 2013)
This sensitive and comforting book tackles the emotionally painful subjects of death, bereavement and grief. Much-loved Badger is very old and knows that he will soon die. He has many friends in the woods and when he fails to emerge from his home one morning Fox investigates and discovers the note Badger had left for them all. “Gone down the long tunnel. Bye Bye.” Everyone is very sad but time passes and they get together to remember all the lovely experiences they had shared with him – memories inside that would never disappear. Beautifully detailed ink and watercolour illustrations carry the reader right into the heart of this story. They capture the atmosphere of the woodlands, the depth of the animals’ suffering and their gradual return to good spirits. Mole’s final farewell is especially poignant and brings a tear to the eye. Category: First Steps. Andersen, £5.99.
(PUBLISHER: 5.99., PUBLISHED: Andersen)

Colin Mills (Books for Keeps No. 100, September 1996)
This gifted young artist has made a poignant and special picture book about Badger, who dies, leaving his friends with fond memories and 'gifts' he has left them. There are clever reverberations of The Wind in the Willows and other childhood tales. Is the writer/artist giving the pastoral tradition a crisp contemporary edge? The writing is humane, gentle, poetic; the pictures are integral. The telling is slow and not at all morbid. One not to be missed from a talent whose work could become significant. Category: Nursery/Infant. . ...., Picture Lions, £1.50 pbk. Ages 2 to 4.
(PUBLISHER: Fontana (London:), PUBLISHED: 1985.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
This is a particualrly good book for children who lose pets that are older or in pain. It softly describes Badger's death and how his friends transform their grief by seeing how Badger lives on in the "parting gifts" he's left them. 1994, Lothrop/Morrow, $15.00, $14.93 and $4.95. Ages 4 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1984.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Warm and sensitive illustrations reflect the hopeful mood of this tale about woodland animals learning to accept their friend Badger's death. Ages 4-up. (July)
(PUBLISHER: Lothrop Lee & Shepard (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992,c1984.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Random Century, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
[24] p.:
A Mulberry book.
London: Picture Lions, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
London: Fontana, 1985

Media Type: Language Material
Originally published London: Anderson 1984.
London: Andersen, 1984

Media Type: Language Material
PZ7 (823/.914)
New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books, 1984

Media Type: Language Material
[25] p.:
PZ7.V4425 ([E])

Media Type:


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