Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

Badger's Parting Gifts

Written by Susan Varley

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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 when 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.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Badger, the old man of the wilds, had helped Mole to make paper chains. Fox to tie his tie, Frog to skate. So when Badger ‘goes down the long tunnel' his young friends, though sad, begin to remember him with joy. Touching and positive.


Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

A welcome return to the Andersen list of this quintessential and award-winning picture
book about bereavement.


'An enchanting tale' Joanna Sayers

Varley's text is sensitive, comforting, gentle. This is one sensible and honest approach to death for the young. -- Elaine Moss T. L. S.

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. -- Martin Waddell Irish News'

About the Author

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.

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28 pages
Interest Age: To 5


Susan Varley
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th March 2013




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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