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Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
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Badger's Parting Gifts

by Susan Varley

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It helps to have a view of death that is compatible with the idea of 'going down the Long Tunnel.' or at least to be able to talk to your child about different views of death. This is not for the youngest children. It also helps to be able to accept foxes that wear neckties, rabbits that bake gingerbread, and a peaceable kingdom of forest critters.

Otoh, the message that we live on in the memories of our friends, especially in the successes of our students & descendents, is a lovely and valuable one. What is your legacy? It needn't be wealth or power - more appreciated are lessons in paper doll crafts, knot tying, cooking, skating....

The pictures weren't crisp enough for my old eyes, but some readers probably love them. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book features anthropomorphic animals, which helps to distance the reader from the situation. Badger prepares his young friends for his imminent death and then begins the journey through the Long Tunnel, running freely for the first time in years. The animals, Badger's friends, gather to remember Badger, with special things and memories compromising Badger's parting gifts. Each animal shares what they had learnt from Badger: cutting paper chains of moles; ice-skating; knotting a tie; a gingerbread recipe. These gifts and memories enable them to appreciate Badger's life and help each other through the grieving process. Death is explained simply in the text: [d]ying meant only that [Badger] would leave his body behind. ( )
  madhamster | Oct 17, 2008 |
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Badger is old and knows he is going to die soon. When he does, the other animals think they will be sad forever, but they begin to talk about the memories they have of the things Badger taught them and learn to cope with his death. A lovely picture book that emphasizes the importance of remembering the person who has died.
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Badger's friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. "The gentle message holds particular validity for children and is conveyed in a tenderhearted. ..manner."-- Book1ist.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:39 -0400)

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Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them.

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