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Badger's parting gifts

Badger's parting gifts

Varley, Susan

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

Book. English.
Published London: Andersen, 1984
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ISBN: 0862640628, 9780862640620
Subject: Children's stories in English 1945- Texts

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: LY
Points: 0.5
Quiz Number: 201454

Author note

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


"I bow down to this one. It left me with a lump in the throat, and I would have no qualms at all about recommending it to any child. Tender, poignant, touching. Good book."
Irish News||"Varley's text is sensitive, comforting, gentle. This is one sensible and honest approach to death for the young."
T. L. S.||"Beautifully detailed ink and watercolour illustrations carry the reader right into the heart of this story"
Carousel||"Sensitively written"
Woman's Own||"'An enchanting tale'"

Back cover copy

Badger's friends learn to come to terms with his death in this moving story by Susan Varley, who makes a stunning debut to children's picture books. Her enchanting illustrations are the perfect foil for the poignant text.