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Badger's Parting Gifts: 35th Anniversary Edition Paperback – 7 Mar 1987
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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)
About the Author
Susan Varley is an award-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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My dad passed away recently after a 15 year battle with cancer. My 5 year Old is heartbroken and whenever he is upset he asks to read this book, he then talks to grandad what a huge help this has been.
I know that he and his parents got a lot of comfort from reading through this book together not only at the time, but some of the sentiments of the story really stayed with my nephew and helped him to make sense of his grandads death .
Written for children, this book handles a difficult subject brilliantly. The illustrations are are enchanting and the moment of Badgers death beautifully handled as he runs down the last tunnel, throwing his stick away. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anybody faced with explaining to a child, the death of an elderly relative or acquaintance.
Just a lovely lovely book - she read some of it out at the Crematorium & it was obvious that she understood what it meant - the whole room welled up- highly recommend to help any child through the most difficult moments of losing a family member- - beautiful tale & non religious or morbid - just beautiful
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