Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas (Little Badger Series)
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Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas (Little Badger Series)

by Eve Bunting, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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Heave ho, me hearties! Little Badger is back, and this time he's on a pirate adventure. Trouble is, his forest friends don't believe he's really a pirate. But Little Badger knows something they don't.

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Heave ho, me hearties! Little Badger is back, and this time he's on a pirate adventure. Trouble is, his forest friends don't believe he's really a pirate. But Little Badger knows something they don't.

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"[A] fitting tribute to the timeless power of pretend."--Publishers Weekly

"Shows children how, armed with little more than their imagination, they can embark on great adventures."--Boston Herald

Children's Literature
In this tribute to the power of imagination, Little Badger swaggers through the forest, telling his animal friends that he is a pirate. Each in turn reminds him that he needs something else he doesn't have to be a real pirate. But Little Badger isn't concerned; he knows something they don't—"He could be anything he wanted to be...as long as he used his imagination and was home in time for supper." So with Old Badger waving goodbye, Little Badger sails "off across an ocean of bluebells to be the terror of the seven seas." Bunting's spare, poetic text is a fine foil for Pham's imaginative visual story. He creates solid anthropomorphic animals with distinct personalities, placing them in detailed settings replete and enriched with items not even hinted at in the words. Gouache painted, full-page scenes and opposing vignettes add zest, managing to help us see what our hero only imagines without draining the magic and good humor from the pictures. 2001, Harcourt, $15.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-As Little Badger wobbles and waddles along the forest path pretending to be a pirate, Woodchuck points out that he is lacking a "striped jersey and a cocked hat." Raccoon calls for an eye patch, Crow feels "a parrot-green as grass and wild as wind" is in order, and Chipmunk will believe that the little fellow is a pirate only if he has "a great ship with fat white sails." However, Little Badger is empowered with Old Badger's advice that "he could be anything he wanted to be-as long as he used his imagination and was home in time for supper." When the youngster comes to a clearing filled with bluebells, Old Badger is there to bid him farewell and the protagonist sails away on a ship made from a rotten log, complete with friends' recommended accessories. As in Bunting's Can You Do This, Old Badger? (Harcourt, 2000), this simple story pays tribute to the preschooler's world, this time focusing on pretend play. Once again Pham's gouache illustrations bring the adorable badgers to life, along with their affectionate friends who reside in a realistically painted forest. Clothing, accessories, and the white translucent images of Little Badger's missing costume items reinforce this imaginary world. The double- and single-page spreads colored in warm, glowing tones handsomely enhance the story. Many a happy pirate will be launched with this charming story.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152057022
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Little Badger Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


EVE BUNTING is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night. She lives in Southern California.

LEUYEN PHAM is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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