A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of geology facts and literature references. Shows how to make a sincere apology.
Look up from your focused world and allow others in. Apologize in a meaningful way when you're wrong.
Positive Role Models
Skunk is kind and has boundaries and expectations for how he should be treated. Badger shows a big capacity for growth.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Skunk and Badger, by Amy Timberlake with retro illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat), is a witty, delightfully funny story of friendship between two animals with opposite personalities. The two roommates couldn't be more different in habit and lifestyle, and they each have to navigate their own expectations and happiness while sharing a home. The themes -- compassion, forgiveness, personal priorities -- are good to talk about while reading the story aloud, and for more advanced readers to think about on their own. Badger's interest in rocks means there's a lot of great information about geology, and it's a fun way for kids to investigate the rocks in their own open spaces. For all its humor, the story is surprisingly deep, especially when talking about how to apologize.
Is It Any Good?
In a story that expertly combines humor and heart, the animals here are a great vehicle for understanding other perspectives, and the skilled artwork brings an extra dose of emotion to the pages. The geology facts sprinkled throughout are interesting, and the emphasis on what it takes to make a real, sincere apology gives readers a concrete example to consider and follow. Geared toward younger readers, Skunk and Badger could be especially helpful to those whose own friendships are changing as they get older.
The animals being together despite their differences is something many kids can relate to with their own friends, especially at ages when they might spend time with other kids simply because they're neighbors or their parents are friends. There's a lot more to these oddball animals than the lovely, giggle-inducing story initially shows. And Jon Klassen's illustrations are rich and full, beautifully capturing details and emotions with both color and black-and-white images.
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