GU Comics Day: Blending Families

by Robyn Chapman, NY Editorial Assistant

Blended families (families in which one or both parents have children from a previous relationship) are common in today’s world, if less common in today’s literature. The Nation Stepfamily Resource Center estimates that 23-30% of America’s children live in blended families. Chances are, a few of those children are on your holiday shopping list.

The Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series, by Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet, tells the story of two families coming together to share a burrow. The badger children (Bristle, Grub, and Berry) and the fox child (Ginger) are not happy with the arrangement. They try to convince their parents that badgers and foxes should not share a home. Over time they learn to accept each other and live together peacefully.

Learn more about this series by reading some of the lovely reviews we’ve received:

*Starred Review*
“This beautifully painted and sweetly told tale—the first in the Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series—tells how two different families meet, overcome suspicion of each other, and work to combine resources.”

“With humor and honesty, Brigitte Luciani tackles one of the most difficult events in a young child’s life: blending two families. Luciani validates kids’ ambivalence about the process, using her trio of protagonists to give voice to the normal range of emotions—jealousy, suspicion, excitement—associated with acquiring new siblings and parents.”
School library Journal: Good Comics for Kids

“This is definitely a book that I will keep in mind for my preschoolers, as many of them come from or enter into blended families at some point in their young lives!”
Katie’s Literature Lounge