This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian childrens writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badrs work, and, using many of Mr. Badrs already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badrs stunning stone images illustrate the story. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.
Her best friend has moved far away to another country. She is still her best friend. They call, write letters, think about each other, remember each other's favorite food and plan one day to visit.
Jimmy learns that sharing oranges with his family and friends can have a surprising reward.
Zulaa is her best friend. Everyday after kindergarten she plays with Zulaa and her wonderful collection of dolls. Her favorite doll is named Bat and one day she brings Bat home with her and wants to keep it. But Zulaa is sad and misses Bat terribly. Will she return Bat to Zulaa and learn the importance of friendship?
Yurchyk, the littlest member of the family, tries to be bigger by climbing on various things. He learns that he becomes bigger by doing something "big", not by being taller.
Grandpa has 27 grandchildren, all who loved him, and shared the mangos he brought home every day. But grandpa was getting sick, losing his memory and the ability to even cut the mangos. Grandpa died, he will never be forgotten.
A young narrator wonders what his parents do at work all day, and why they come home too tired to play or read stories. When they tell him, he decides that he will work, too, reminding his parents of the importance of fun.