Mrs Badger is very old, but every week, she sets off for her walk up the small mountain by her house, greeting and helping others along the way. She is very wise and knows a great deal about nature. One day, she befriends Leo, a little cat who wants to join her on her walk.
Under the expert guidance and care of Mrs Badger, Leo's confidence and knowledge blossom and the pair enjoy weekly rambles together. As time passes, Leo has to wait for Mrs Badger, guiding and supporting her until the time comes when she can no longer make the journey. The mountain gradually becomes Leo's in the same way as it was Mrs Badger's and one day, he gains a new companion- a little rabbit- just as he and Mrs Badger met and the cycle of sharing the wonders of nature is continued.
This is a lovely story, celebrating the joys of the outdoors and the value of relationships that cross generations. The support and care which they offer each other is beautifully portrayed; quiet companionship and discovery is enough for each to enjoy sharing and being together. Mrs Badger's words of wisdom...
Mrs Badger knows that life is full of decisions and that you should listen to your heart.
...and gentle guidance speak volumes to us all.
The illustrations are lovely. Soft colours depict simple scenes of the countryside with lots of delightful details to enjoy. The story offers much to discuss and may well motivate children to climb to 'the top of the world' so that they can share Leo and Mrs Badger's experience of admiring the view or spend time foraging (with care!) to enjoy nature's bounty.
As with all Book Island books, 'Up the Mountain' is beautifully produced and offers something a little bit different.
Up the Mountain Marianne Dubuc
Book Island ISBN: 978-1911496090