Can You Do This, Old Badger?

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There are lots of things Little Badger can do that Old Badger can't manage to do very well anymore. But Old Badger can still show Little Badger a few tricks to teach him how to become a badger extraordinaire-like how to catch fish, where to find worms, and how to get to the honey before the bees get to you. Old badgers are supposed to teach little badgers, he says. It's all part of the plan-and so is nap time! -The first book in a new character-based picture book series from an award-winning author -Children's ...
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Overview

There are lots of things Little Badger can do that Old Badger can't manage to do very well anymore. But Old Badger can still show Little Badger a few tricks to teach him how to become a badger extraordinaire-like how to catch fish, where to find worms, and how to get to the honey before the bees get to you. Old badgers are supposed to teach little badgers, he says. It's all part of the plan-and so is nap time! -The first book in a new character-based picture book series from an award-winning author -Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection -An intergenerational story with classic appeal for children, parents, and grandparents 8 X 9. Full-color illustrations

Although Old Badger cannot do some things as easily as he used to, he can still teach Little Badger the many things he knows about finding good things to eat and staying safe and happy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bunting (Smoky Night) features two badgers walking along a forest path at sunset in the opening shot of this somewhat plodding intergenerational tale. When Little Badger proudly shows off his ability to jump, roll down the hill and climb trees, he says, "It's sad that you are old now and can't do many things." Old Badger answers, "There are some things I can't do now... But you help me remember how it was when I was young. And that makes me happy." Unfortunately, there is little tension or development in the plot. Through the remainder of the book, Old Badger patiently instructs Little Badger in one task after another. The young one's too coy questions ("How do you know so much?") and the elder's preachy tone ("That's the way it was planned") make the characters' dialogue sound somewhat hollow; the artwork, however, succeeds in creating depth in the relationship between the two. Newcomer Pham suffuses her watercolors of the affectionate pair with glowing twilight tones and loving warmth. She captures Little Badger's insouciance and tumbling toddler exuberance as well as Old Badger's steady and serene demeanor. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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As Old Badger and Little Badger take a walk before dark, Little Badger finds it sad that there are many things that he can do that Old Badger no longer can. But there are many things he can still do, including teaching Little Badger how to find worms, or beehives, or how to fish. The simple tale reinforces the cycle of life for youngsters. As an old badger taught him, Old Badger assures Little Badger that some day he will teach another little badger, and he will love him "as much as I love you." Whether badger or human grandfather, the story would be the same. There's a natural anthropomorphism to Pham's animals and a sense of warm rightness to the depictions of their forest home. In gouache-painted, full-page scenes and frequent vignettes the artist refrains from any dark thought of predators or of grandpa's mortality. From the jacket/cover on there is a nosy frog not mentioned in the text, a character we look for as a sort of comic relief from the lessons taught. Old Badger's wisdom is shown in many ways; mutual love is also successfully visualized in both facial expressions and body language. 1999, Harcourt Inc., Ages 4 to 7, $15.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 2-While out walking with Old Badger, Little Badger asks, "Can you do this?" as he jumps, somersaults, and climbs. Old Badger admits that while there are many things he is no longer able to do, he still has much that he can teach the youngster. Through Old Badger's wisdom, they enjoy a plentiful earthworm lunch, eat honey from a hive, rake mud from their claws, and catch a fish from a stream. As they curl up together at the end of their day, Little Badger asks his elder how he knows so much. Old Badger responds that an old badger taught him and that when Little Badger is old, he will pass what he has learned on as well. Warm-toned gouache illustrations create the ideal scene for the tender interaction between two generations. Children will drink in the detail, from Old Badger's striped coveralls and spectacles to the small green frog that follows the pair on their walk. Little Badger's gleeful energy is matched by Old Badger's patient amusement. Twinkling fireflies, the rosy sky at sunset, and a cozy hole in the bank under a badger-faced moon create a warm feel. A sweet intergenerational story that captures the joy of a day well spent with one well loved.-Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Golden, CO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152046033
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Little Badger Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and numerous novels. She lives in Southern California.

LeUyen Pham is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has created many books for children. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California. You can visit her online at www.leuyenpham.com.

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