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Badger's Perfect Garden

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  27 reviews
It's springtime and Badger is ready to plant the perfect garden. He has spent months gathering and sorting seeds. It's been a lot of work but it's worth it. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel come to help. They weed. They rake. And finally they plant. Afterward, everyone celebrates, and Badger can already imagine the perfect rows of flowers and vegetables. But ...more
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Published March 15th 2019 by Sleeping Bear Press
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I love a cozy book about gardens in the spring. Badger is very neat and organized. He found all these seeds over the winter and wants to plant them in a perfect garden. He and his friends work hard to make it all perfect. The next day after planting the seeds, it rains hard and his seeds are washed away. He then goes inside and refuses to come out. Later in summer his friends insist he sees the garden and down the slope where they were washed out in is a lovely wild garden and Badger loves this. ...more
Jan Polep
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great picture book for 5-8 year olds, especially if they live in's always an adventure to see if any of the seeds planted here will survive and thrive. Perfect ending and a great jumping off spot to do some gardening activities.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone whose experienced the frustration of having perfect plans destroyed will be able to relate to Badger's frustration. After taking the time to carefully plan and build a garden, with the help of his friends, Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel, Badger's heartbroken when the seeds are swept away and the garden destroyed in a storm. He works to avoid seeing the garden, a reminder of his disappointment. Until the day his friends arrive on his doorstep to show him that sometimes even thought ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
cute book - not going to lie, I loved the art work.
Bought and read it to my grand daughters. Not sure if they loved it because they like anything I read to them :-)
Olivia Eaton
Loved the illustrations, thought they were darling with the vibrant colors. The forest animals are also adorable. The story itself with wording just wasn't magical for me. The idea is there, the flow of the text needed help.
Syntha Green
What happens when Badger's Perfect Garden gets messed up? Very pretty illustrations
Laura Citty
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cute little story about a badger that wants to plant the perfect garden is sweet and has a nice message. Badger’s Perfect Garden is about how things do not always go as planned, but the end result may turn out even better than you expected. After a wind storm blows the badger and his friends’ carefully laid out rows of seeds, badger spends all spring thinking he won’t have a garden this year. Then his friends come running to show him where his seeds sprouted, a beautiful, all mixed-up ...more
Jared White
Last summer and autumn Badger was hard at work collecting all sorts of interesting seeds so that this year they could have a perfect garden. Badger's friends help out until everything is neatly planted, just right. But then a storm comes and washes all the seeds away. Poor Badger, what's happened to all the wonderful seeds?

A cute little book (though with quite a bit of text) about friendship, helping each other, and learning to accept that sometimes when plans change and things go unexpectedly,
Rebecca Gomez
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the rain washes Badger’s perfectly planted seeds away, he is sure his perfect garden is ruined. But is it? This gorgeously illustrated, perfect little book is all about how sometimes things work out just as well, or even better, when they don’t go according to plan.
A perfect spring story. Badger is so organized and wants his garden planted just so. But, much to his chagrin Mother Nature has something else in mind. The illustrations are whimsical and perfectly drawn for this little story.
Charming and endearing story of a badger who wants to plant a garden with the help of his friends, but things don't go according to plan.
Danielle Berwick
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great story. Different animals. excellent lesson!
Milly Kawabata
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A delightful tale about the acceptance of imperfections - Badger plants his carefully collected seeds in pristine rows, only to watch them wash away in a storm. His discovery after the storm iterates the important point that it is okay to not plan everything out perfectly. Sometimes, you will be surprised by what "grows."
This book would be a great story to use when teaching a plot mountain. It has a very clear exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. You could have
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the message of this matter how hard we work and prepare for the perfect outcome, things can change and result in something that we didn't want. But sometimes, that unforeseen outcome can be something even better than we had imagined. Life doesn't always work out the way we want it to, but we can still look for and see the beauty in it no matter what happens.

The illustrations are gorgeous, but the prose felt clunky in some places so one less star.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Badger has been planning his perfect garden for a long time. But then a big storm comes along and all his seeds are washed away. Badger is in despair.

But he is surprised to discover that maybe the storm has created the most perfect garden of all.

Lovely illustrations. Teamwork...Finding a way to make lemonade from lemons...Friendship...wonderful themes in this little story.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations. The text didn't flow well enough to make this a good read aloud, but a good story nonetheless.
Kathleen Rak
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story about friendship and unexpected surprises. Wonderful illustrations!
Kate Buechler
Good story to illustrate how you can't always control everything- shit happens- but things turn out alright (or even better) anyway.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfection is overrated! A wonderful lesson learned in a cutely illustrated book.
Stacy M. Patton
Cute, simple story about perfectionism and the beauty of not being perfect.
Angie Quantrell
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable, clever, and fun! Love the characters and how they work together. And Badger...when things don't go just how he had them planned. :)
Mary Hamer
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you need a reminder that not everything has to be perfect to turn out beautiful.
Kirsti Call
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cybils
Beautiful and amazing!!
Engel Dreizehn
Beautiful illustrations and parable yes taking care of nature but also letting it grow in its own way.
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Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold is a picture book author of 21 books, with over one million books sold. Her books have garnered honors from Best First Book to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Smithsonian Notable and won state book awards. Her more recent books include Houghton Mifflin’s WAITING FOR SNOW,illustrated by Renata Liwska, and Roaring Brook Press’ LOST. ...more