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Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

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We all thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This book is a very sensitive handling of an extremely difficult subject.

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.

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 !)

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.

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 Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley