Why are skunks so scary
Badger and skunk
No, Dachs didn't expect that. Aunt Lula not only lets him live in her old house, she also invites Skunk of all people to move into the house as well. That, when Dachs likes to be alone and wants to have his peace. Skunk is just the opposite of him: loud, lively ... and a wonderful cook. Skunk's breakfast is so great that even Badger can't help but enjoy it. And that even though he doesn't normally value the food that much. His stone research is much more important to him. But now that Skunk lives with him, nothing is as it always has been. Badger feels disturbed - and still has to admit that living under the same roof with Skunk is not that bad. But he only becomes aware of this when the skunk leaves the house injured by the constant rejection and Dachs has to worry about how to get him back.
Accept the other for who he is
Amy Timberlake's book is a wonderful illustration of tolerance and compromise. With a fine pen, she sketches the grumpy badger, which, following its animal nature, prefers to be alone and suddenly finds itself confronted with a counterpart that it initially does not understand at all. Only gradually does the sedate badger move towards the agile skunk and both experience how valuable it is to jump over its shadow and allow tolerance to prevail.
Although the author primarily describes the badger and its thoughts, the skunk also makes a prominent appearance with its airy - and in some ways detached - behavior. The two very unequal flatmates have their good and their difficult sides, which is precisely why they become important figures of identification. The fact that a friendship eventually develops between the two is a wonderful indication that you can also be friends with people who are so completely different.
With his illustrations, Jon Klassen contributes an important part to the successful book. The pictures appear drawn with a light pen and appear in a way that is able to appeal to both children and adults. Klassen knows how to take up the topic and underline it with his illustrations - but without pushing the profound text into the background. The combination of text and image is convincing and successful.
Badger and skunk is a book with which a child can be brought closer to values such as tolerance, willingness to compromise, but also uniqueness and friendship. The text, interspersed with subtle humor, can make some smile, but it certainly holds a mirror in front of the adult's face. The profundity of the book will probably resonate with many.
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