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Badger's Fancy Meal

by Keiko Kasza

Published by Putnam, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0399246037

Ages 3-7

Tired of apples, worms, and roots, Badger sets off in search of something more appealing to eat. Mole taco with salsa? Rat burger with cheese sauce? Rabbit-banana split with hot fudge? Every animal he encounters presents a tasty possibility, but each creature gets away before he can capture it. By the time he has a run-in with a horse and is sent flying with a kick back to his hole, Badger has come to appreciate what he already has . . . or rather had. His food is gone, with only a note of explanation left behind: “Dear Whoever Lives Here, Sorry for dropping by uninvited. A nasty badger was chasing us . . . The apples, worms and roots were delicious. Thanks for the fancy meal!” Badger’s disappointment won’t be a big surprise to readers and listeners who have been paying attention to author/illustrator Keiko Kasza’s charming visual storytelling, which incorporates small inset pictures of the mole, rat, and rabbit taking refuge in a handy hole and finding a feast inside.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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