Bart the Badger by Anne Spackman
Copyright 2012 by Anne Spackman
Cover art by Anne Spackman
Using public domain picture in Wikimedia Commons
Long ago, in a place called Thorny Wood, by a thick grove of trees, lived a badger family. The youngest of all the badger family was a tiny young badger named Bart. Bart’s family lived in a deep burrow beneath an old oak tree. Every morning, the young badgers Bart and his older brother Brandon would poke their striped, furry heads out from the burrow to see what the weather was like. On fine, sunny days, they would go out to play.
The badger family had many neighbors, including a nest of small birds who had made their home in the branches of the old oak tree. Thorny Wood was a lovely place, with many pretty flowers that bloomed in springtime across the neighboring meadow. A stream of running water ran alongside the old oak tree. There, the young badger cubs Bart and Brandon would splash around and play games together in the spring sunshine.