Ladybird Tuesday: Mr. Badger to the Rescue


There are some children's books that just leave you feeling all warm and fluffy inside – and Mr Badger to the Rescue is one such book.

Like all the other books in series 401 (Animal Rhymes) the book is written entirely in verse and the rhythm of it when read out load is lovely.


In this lovely take three little doormice wake one morning to see that the circus has come to town. They're so desperate to go and see it, but they've got no money to buy tickets, so they set about trying to earn some.


Their first attempts fail, but Mr Badger helps them out by providing a couple of extra barrows to enable them to help Mrs Bunny and Mrs Hare with the laundry.


Finally they think they're going to be able to go and see the circus, but alas a mishap on the bridge results in the washing falling in to the water. Once again Mr Badger comes to the rescue, helping them to catch the washing and then, once they've dried it all again, taking them to the circus himself.


The whole tale really is quite adorable.

Mr Badger to the Rescue was first published in 1949, but the version I have was then republished, with the later cover, in the early 1970s. I really like all the books in this series – and I've managed to get hold of quite a few now, as I just find that the rhyming text works so well with little ones when you read aloud to them. The stories are all very sweet too.

If you have a collection of old Ladybird books then please feel free to join in with Ladybird Tuesday. There are no formal rules to follow, just leave a link to any post you write in the comments below and if you're feeling kind link back to my Ladybird Tuesday category here on Being Mrs C. Thank you!


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