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Susan Varley
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1 Dec 1992

The tale of a dependable, reliable and helpful badger who realises that his old age will soon lead to death. His friends learn to come to terms with his death in an enchanting tale. With full colour illustrations throughout.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Lions; New Ed edition (1 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006643175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006643173
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"Varley's text is sensitive, comforting, gentle. This is one sensible and honest approach to death for the young." (Elaine Moss 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'" (Joanna Sayers EYE) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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One of the most enduring books ever. This was Susan Varley's first picture book and for it she won the Mother Goose Award for most exciting newcomer to children's book illustration. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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126 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Badger's Parting Gifts 11 May 2004
I was read this book as a child following the death of my father when I was just four. It remains my over-riding memory of that time. This book is wonderful. It was only as an adult when I sought the book out that I even realised that the book had been written with the express purpose of helping children to understand death, yet it very much achieved its goal and I believe made me and my sisters able to cope in a way we would not otherwise have done. An inspirational book which I will always treasure.
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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful
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A simple and beautifully told story about the death of Badger, and the subsequent grief felt by his friends. Death is portrayed as a relief and release for old Badger. His friends come to realise that their lives have been enriched by his friendship and with the passing of time they are able to remember him fondly and without sadness. A sensitive story giving a new angle to a subject that we all shy away from, particularly with children, though most children will have to deal with the death of a family member or loved one at least once during their childhood. Suitable from pre-school plus (Don't be surprised if you 'fill up' when you read it aloud !)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Badger's Parting Gifts 20 July 2006
I was given this book when I was about four years old, by my teacher at the time, after the death of my Grandmother. I genuinely believe that `Badger's Parting Gifts' was instrumental - if not necessary - to my understanding and acceptance of losing a loved one. My mum and I read this book together many times in the months following the funeral, and all of the basic concepts were presented in clear and simple language, using comparisons I was able to relate to. I found the end of the book particularly comforting - the idea that badger was able to cast his walking stick aside, and run freely, without the pain he suffered at the end of his life. Using a tunnel as a metaphor for death, or heaven, whatever you choose to believe, was perfect for the ages this book was written for. It leaves space for personal (or religious) interpretation, and didn't seem at all frightening to me. I'm seventeen now, and recently re-bought this book, and don't regret it. If you're a parent considering buying this book for your children, then I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending it. The characters are endearing, the information presented isn't confusing, and it's a great book to read together - though there may be tears! In summary; couldn't be better.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive book which will help all ages 25 Aug 1999
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This book is a very sensitive handling of an extremely difficult subject. Although aimed at children, its content could be helpful to people of all ages struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one. Badger's friends are reminded of times when they have benefitted in some way from Badger's experience, wisdom and love, and the reader is left with a very warm and positive feeling, along with the idea that death is not something to be feared: rather it is the extension of life's journey. We all thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive subject treated sensitively 19 Jan 2004
By A Customer
An excellent book which is enjoyable to simply read but is most useful in using as a tool to introduce young children to the idea of mortality. I used this book with my children when their grandfather was dying and it really helped to get across quite difficult ideas such as the fact that memories of shared times can keep someone alive. It's difficult to explain even now, but read the book and you'll see what I mean. Not morbid or sickly.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A charming and sensitive tale which will help younger children, and very probably the adults who read it to them, to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 14 Jun 2010
By Stella
Excellent. Had been trying to explain death to my 4 year old nephew and read about this and had a feeling this book would be good. It was perfect. It explains death, parting and melancholy for small people without getting too "heavy". It also, amazingly, explains to a child (and indeed some adults!) that positive things can come from such a negative thing, as losing someone you love. In this case, it was a grandparent. Inspired writing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book ever! 10 Nov 2007
Format:Library Binding
I lost of best friend when I was 8 years old. Although some people say I was only 8 it wont effect her, it did and it still does. At the age I didn't really understand what death was, I knew about it but only thought it happened to old people.
My parents brought me this book to try and help me understand what had happened.
It helpped me so much words can't even describe just how much. I always remember reading this book and although it made me cry because Badger had died I understood it.
I haven't read the book in ages and it wasn't until my brother was cleaning out the bookshelf and found it that it made me remember all the great times I did have with my best friend and how much the book helpped me. I could read it over and over.
It truely is the best book to help children understand about death, don't think it wont effect them because it does. You can help them understand more by buying the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a young boy who's nana has cancer
I remembered this story from years ago after searching amazon for something suitable to help a six year old try to come to terms with what he and his family are going through at... Read more
Published 6 days ago by dawn marie hargreaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book to have
when family is facing death this is possibly a good route for any children to bring comfort ...
beautifully done
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. Marielaine Church
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Shows how we can care for others. Sympathetic story dealing with subject of death. Suitable for young children. Used in PHSE and RE lesson with year 1.
Published 2 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Badger's Parting Gift
Got this book for my grandchildren who have recently lost their great grandmother and also a family pet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by angelnana
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
My children recently lost their Grandma and my daughter especially is finding it hard to understand her feelings as she is only 5 years old. Read more
Published 4 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The book arrived promptly and in superb condition. The story is heart wrenching and poignant about Badger dying and his precious gifts left behind as a legacy of his life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Mewis
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story.
This was a gift for someone who's grandma is dying. The story is very good at explaining death to young children.
Published 4 months ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Badgers Parting Gifts
This book was bought for a seven year old who's father has passed away. The book was a really sweet story of an old Badger that died and how his friends remembered him fondly with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Forrestward
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful gentle book
I was first introduced to Badger's parting gifts 30 years ago. I found it very helpful when my children lost grandparents and I have given it to many friends when their young... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SusansanSusansusansusan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
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This book was bought to give to two little boys who had lost their father. Very helpful.
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