Badger's Bad Mood

Badger's Bad Mood

by Hiawyn Oram, Susan Varley
     
 

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Everyone's concerned when Badger gets the blues, until loyal, lovable Mole creates a gala awards ceremony in which Badger wins the prize for "most loved no matter what his mood". A classic picture book from the illustrator of "Badger's Parting Gifts". Full color.  See more details below

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Everyone's concerned when Badger gets the blues, until loyal, lovable Mole creates a gala awards ceremony in which Badger wins the prize for "most loved no matter what his mood". A classic picture book from the illustrator of "Badger's Parting Gifts". Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Badger acts crabby and sad one day, it takes everyone by surprise: "But Badger's never in a bad mood," his friends say. Hoping to cheer him up, Mole, Squirrel and Rabbit pay Badger a visit, but they are met with grumpy replies, and subsequent well-wishers are turned away. Mole assures Badger that everyone will just wait until he feels better. In the meantime, Mole devises an ingenious plan to let Badger know how much he is loved and appreciated, and soon Badger is back to his old self. Oram's (A Boy Wants a Dinosaur) friendly woodland community reinforces a message that bears repeating. Her characters are expressive and concerned without being sappy, and her story makes room for throwaway jokes (Miss Snail turns out to be fond of slow dancing, while Frog is known for his gallant courting). Varley's (Badger's Parting Gifts) breezy ink-and-watercolor paintings, rendered in a pale, earthy palette, create a convincing whole world for Oram's sweet animals. Smartly clad in their timeless Sunday best, they exude charm and personality. Their cozy environs, like the story, make readers utterly welcome. Ages 3-8. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--In this third episode featuring Oram's community of woodland creatures, the usually affable Badger is suffering through a bout of the blues that leaves everyone feeling worried and offended. However, a special awards ceremony arranged by Badger's thoughtful friend Mole brings him out of his doldrums by reminding him that he is well loved and appreciated for all that he does for others. Human traits exhibited in the personalities and conversations of Badger and his friends are also evident in Varley's delightful, softly hued watercolor paintings detailed in pen and ink. These charmingly dressed animals have endearing qualities similar to those beloved denizens of Ernest Shepard's Hundred Acre Wood. Like Badger's Parting Gifts (1984) and Badger's Bring Something Party (1995, both Lothrop), this warm and reassuring lap book teaches a quiet lesson about friendship.--Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590189200
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.52(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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