BADGER’S NEW HOUSE by Robin Muller


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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A mix of common sense and generosity puts everyone in their rightful space. Badger, an amiable fellow who enjoys his creature comforts, lives in a snug little home under a spreading tree, drawn with the kind of warmth that makes you want to spread it with butter. Unfortunately, said tree doesn’t protect the house from being beaten like a gong by a fierce storm. With so many repairs to be undertaken, Badger decides to move out—he’s not handy—and makes his house available to Grandmother Mouse. Badger takes up residence in huge digs. Too huge—so sweeping are the premises that sometimes he can’t even make it to his bedroom before falling asleep. Grandmother Mouse invites him over for a visit, during which she asks if Badger might just fix the door. To his surprise, he does. Invited back again and again, he fixes this and that to the point where his old home is good as new (and he has a new self-confidence on the home-repair front). Badger starts eyeing his old place with envy, and mice being mice, they could use more room. A swap is arranged and everyone is the happier. Watercolor and pencil crayon art conveys sunny domestic bliss as well as the gloom of unhappy dwellings. Lots of charming detail and square footage used as it was meant to be. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8050-6383-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2002


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