Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Stella J. Jones
Illustrator: Carmen Saldaña
Publisher: Tiger Tales
In a quiet forest, the animals awake one morning to find a wall erected. Badger has decided to make everyone behave like a badger, or else he will send them away over the wall. Although his plan seems foolproof initially, Badger quickly learns that what makes us different is part of what makes life colorful and exciting. In this book, readers learn to appreciate their differences, and love everyone for who they are.
The Only Way Is Badger uses a clever story of woodland animals paired with whimsical drawings to teach young readers to appreciate diversity. The concept of a wall being built may seem harsh to children, but the image helps children understand what some people do when faced with those that are different than them. This book could lead to a discussion about how we can appreciate and embrace the differences in others. Teachers and parents will enjoy using this book to help teach children an important lesson about loving everyone we meet.