Badger is so old that he knows he must soon die, so he does his best to prepare his friends. When he finally passes away, they are grief-stricken, but one by one they remember the special things he taught them during his life. By sharing their memories, they realise that although Badger is no longer with them physically, he lives on through his friends.
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of this quintessential and multi award-winning picture book about losing a loved one. Features a helpful reading guide from Child Bereavement UK that provides tips for reading Badger’s Parting Gifts with children and helping them better understand grief.
Endorsed by Child Bereavement UK.
'Badger’s Parting Gifts provides young children with a means to understand grief’ CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK
'The best book for children on this theme.' THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
Winner of the Mother Goose Award 1985.
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.
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.
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
[One of] the best children’s books for help during hard times… Badger’s Parting Gifts has helped millions of children understand death
An enchanting tale’
On my top ten animal books as it is of enormous importance… helping a child to understand in a positive way the pain of bereavement.
The Visitor (Morecambe)
Touching story… I often recommend it. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye.