From Jean Matthew Hall a 2019 Picture Book Review – Badger’s Perfect Garden.
Badger’s Perfect Garden was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated (delightfully) by Ramona Kaulitzki. It was published in 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press.
Badger’s touching story is beautifully illustrated by Kaulitzki. Their expressive faces look warm and friendly, and then sympathetic when Badger’s big problem arises.
A clue to the purpose of this story is in the title, “Perfect.”
Badger has been working and planning for a year to plant his perfect garden. His friends jump in not help with the project. Unfortunately several days of storms appear to ruin Badger’s perfect plans. He mopes about for days while his friends try diligently to cheer him without success.
Weeks later Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel bang on his door with some exciting news. Something beautiful has happened with Badger’s “perfect” garden.
You’ll have to read the book to your little ones to find out what the delightful surprise is—and how Badger learns that things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!
A lesson several of my grandchildren need to learn, I’m afraid. You probably know a kid or two who need to conquer their need for perfection, too. Life is so much better when we learn to step back and enjoy the unexpected surprises along the way.