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by Karen Saunders & illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: May 10th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60684-172-3
Publisher: Egmont USA

Saunders makes her debut with a tender story about how Papa Badger helps Baby Badger get over his fear of the dark.  As the sun goes down, the young one becomes afraid. Papa tells him, “The night is wonderful. Let me show you.” When Baby worries about getting lost in the dark, Papa points out that the bright North Star “will always guide you back home.” And so the conversation continues, with Papa pointing out the magical qualities of the night while Baby begins to feel more safe and full of wonder. Kolanovic’s palette of pastels in a soft spectrum of blues and greens, accented with luminous yellow for the moon and stars, has a soft, cozy feel that further creates a sense of calm security. When the palette gradually changes to pinks and yellows, the sun has come up, signaling bedtime for the nocturnal badgers. (Logically minded children will wonder how it is that an animal that typically stays up all night comes to be afraid of the dark.) This story, perhaps too quiet for some, succeeds in showcasing a charming father/child relationship and is a good choice for a cuddly storytime with a preschooler struggling with nighttime fears. (Picture book. 2-4)