Badger's New House
Reviewed: August 20, 2004
By: Robin Muller
Publisher: Scholastic Books
32 pages, $6.99
I'm a sucker for little animal stories of the Wind in the
Willows type, and that's what drew me to pull this one out of
the packet of review books which recently arrived on my desk.
Robin Muller did not disappoint me. I was quite sure she would
not. Just the illustrations had that comfortable feeling that
put me in the right place. The story did too.
Badger lives in a charming little house which has a few
shortcomings. After one roof rattling storm he decides that it
has been damaged too much to repair, and moves to a larger
mansion, in which he is not at all comfortable. He keeps going
back to his old home, where Grandma Mouse loves the place, but
thinks it needs just a little work.
One thing at a time Badger undertakes all the repairs he had
avoided when he lived there and, in the end, the cottage is
just perfect once more. There are two other little problems
that I'll leave you to discover.
This is a gentle story about decision making and finding
satisfaction, and about what it is that makes a place a home.