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Sunday 31 October 2021

Review: Dear Badger

Badger is a helpful animal. He's always offering to help his friends and other animals he doesn't know.

One day when Badger sets off to find a hedgehog, he runs into a kangaroo who he helps gather apples. 'Thank you, Dear Badger' says kangaroo. 

Next he helps a giraffe who is cold, and soon, all along his journey, there are other animals who need help, too. 

Even though Badger is eager to find the hedgehog, he makes time to help the animals.

All the animals are grateful. 'Thank you, Dear Badger' they all say.

When Badger eventually finds hedgehog, we discover that it's his turn to say thank you, because the hedgehog had helped him.

Dear Badger is written by Xiao Mao and illustrated by Xu Qingfeng, who are both from China. The gentle story, featuring a host of animals, is complemented by simple illustrations full of movement. It's a great story for introducing the concepts of being kind and caring.

Download teachers' notes from the publisher's website.

Title: Dear Badger
Author: Xiao Mao
Illustrator: Xu Qingfeng
Publisher: New Frontier, $ 14.99
Publication Date: July 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922326287
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book