Is there someone you count on through thick and thin?
When Badger learns that a terrible storm is approaching, he doesn’t hesitate before rushing in to help his friends. “Don’t worry!...We’ll make your homes as strong as castles!” he reassures Mouse, Bird, Rabbit and Hedgehog. Colorful and appealing illustrations with just the right amount of detail show Badger as he quickly sets to work building, reinforcing and protecting various domiciles, while straightforward text full of chatty dialogue traces his progress. Before long, the other animals are calm and reassured that their homes are safe, and Badger heads back to his own beloved tree. But on the way, the storm hits, and Badger takes refuge with Rabbit’s family. When the weather clears, Badger finds that he’s the one without a home. Is there anything anyone can do? You bet—especially if everyone is willing to work together. While readers and listeners may not find a strikingly original message here, they will find an important and satisfying one, surrounded by comfort and gentle affection and rounded out with a charming song. A fine addition to any collection.
Young listeners will readily embrace this warm tale of friendship, cooperation and community. (Picture book. 3-6)