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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 16, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688115187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688115180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From 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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Badger's friends are overwhelmed with their loss when he dies. By sharing their memories of his gifts, they find the strength to face the future with hope.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The pictures are well draw and illustrate the text wonderfully.
knhwolf69
We read this book to our daughters when they were 7 and 9, after the deaths of two grandparents who they were close to.
Carolyn Schimandle
A great book to help children deal with death....of a pet or family member.
OTDebbie

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From the wonderful artwork to the marvelous characters, this book is a touching look at death, and how life goes on. Badger's friends are saddened by his passing, but they come to realize that everyone lives on through their gifts of kindness and the happy memories that remain. Only one caution: if you've experienced the loss of a "Badger" in your own life, this book can reduce you to tears in about five minutes (said from experience!) Cleansing, ultimately uplifting, but may be harder on adults than kids... Highly recommended.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Susan Varley is amazing. I've read everything I can find written for children about death, and this is by far the best. And it's not just for kids. I bought this book to share with my children after my brother's death five years ago. They seemed to connect with it, but I think it spoke even more to me than it did to them. We've since experienced other losses, and this is always the first book that comes off the shelves. I'm now buying copies for an adult friend who lost his father, and elementary school classmates of my sons' whose mother just died from cancer. If you or someone you care about are grieving, try this book. You may find some smiles amidst the tears.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This beautiful story touches both adults and children. I have used it to help children heal after the death of a pet or loved one. I also have sent it to friends who may be dealing with a death as well. It's simple text and touching message are ageless.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my kids when they were younger and my dad was gravely ill. He pulled through that time, but died a few months ago. Our copy has disappeared in the meantime, but I thought this book important enough to order a copy for my young niece and nephew. A few months after a death, when the initial pain has worn off a little, or when a death may be imminent seem like the perfect times to read this story. Badger's friends are sad, but at a stage when they are able to remember wonderful things about his life and their frienships with him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This excellent picture book deals with the death of Badger, who leaves many memories for his loved ones. This book is excellent support for families and for schools in helping children to deal with death. Highly recommended from my parent and teacher perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Jeffres on May 29, 2008
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I have given this book to many who have lost loved ones and have always received a positive response. It helps not only young ones to understand death, but reminds adults of the important "gifts" that are left behind to cherish after a loved one dies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 'saac 'n' mama on July 15, 2012
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My son and I first stumbled across this story in a collection of children's stories when he was 5. I thought it was a beautiful tale of healing; he was disturbed by it. He's 9 now and still shies away from it. In the stiory, Badger accepts death happily, and his friends go from grief to celebrating his life and his giving nature.

I have given this book to several friends' children when a grandparent has died (in one case, a great-grandparent). Every time, the parents have come back later to express a huge thank you and tell me how perfect the book was for talking with their child about their departed grandparent.

So, great book for little kids struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, but not a simple story to casually pick up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Single Mom on February 29, 2012
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I wanted a book about loss for my two sons, aged 7 1/2 and 9. This was excellent -- because it's about animals, it's a little bit removed from their lives, and so made the subject easier to discuss. I also loved the illustrations. And even though it's a picture book, the concepts are sophisticated enough for my grade schoolers.
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