Susan Varley, Badger’s Parting Gift by Andersen Press (2013)
This is one of the most recommended books to read to young children to teach them about death and loss in sensitive and caring ways. It is good to read before the child has suffered a loss in order to raise awareness of death and use as a discussion point. It is also a good book to use when discussing the loss of a grandparent. Follow the link to read what others have to say.
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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 !)