Up the Mountain Path

by Marianne Dubuc

When Lulu the cat asks to join Mrs. Badger on her weekly solo hike up to Sugarloaf... read more

When Lulu the cat asks to join Mrs. Badger on her weekly solo hike up to Sugarloaf Peak, she learns a lot from the more experienced hiker, and not just about hiking. Detailed illustrations offer an even bigger picture of all that’s going on in Mrs. Badger’s world while the wry, understated text leaves room for the child’s mind to figure out all that’s happening by linking the words to the pictures. Like Lulu, readers and listeners will see the small acts of kindness that define how Mrs. Badger lives her life. Animals who should be enemies/ predators make quiet, conscious choices here to co-exist. The friendship that develops between Mrs. Badger and Lulu is depicted by showing, not telling. The same goes for Mrs. Badger’s aging process and inevitable death (keep your eye on the vulture) in this gentle storybook that doesn’t sugarcoat its message but is comforting nonetheless. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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