Stepping Stones – fundraiser for Syrian refugees

Literacy Haida Gwaii is proud to support Orca Book Publishers’ latest fundraising initiative. Orca Book Publishers is donating funds raised from the sale of this book to Syrian refugees who have resettled on Haida Gwaii.

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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

by Margriet Ruurs

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.

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