This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s book writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately captivated by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s 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 Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.
Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition. Orca is committed to literacy and education. Stepping Stones is a way for them to help welcome new Canadians and find a practical way to give them a good start in Canada.
In partnership with the Cowichan Intercultural Society, Orca also hope to raise awareness about the Syrian crisis and forge new connections in all of our local communities and across Canada.
We hope you’ll be a part of this with us. By purchasing your copy of Stepping Stones, you will be helping the Syrian Refugee Response Fund in Cowichan. A portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to the Cowichan Intercultural Society.