Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category


Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 104
Themes: Ramadan, teamwork, stem, new Canadians, urban diversity, urban wildlife, inclusivity, Canadian animals
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 16/Apr/2019
Bookmark and Share
It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a rat. A very, very large rat. He soon learns it’s actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. It turns out that some of the neighbors who enjoy the park think this beaver is a bit of a pest, but Badir thinks it's wonderful and learns everything he can about the iconic Canadian animal. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, Badir, who knows firsthand how difficult it is to leave your home behind, rallies his classmates to save it. And with a little help from new friends, the kids learn that collaboration and faith can change the way we think about the world.

Kirkus Reviews—starred review
★ "With her gentle tale, Stewart does an excellent job at promoting cultural understanding…A beautifully written page-turner about belonging."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"The story empowers children to make a difference in their communities and promotes females in science…A versatile book that is enjoyable and can be used for multiple educational purposes."
Booklist
"Badir's boisterous personality and good nature make him a fun character to follow, and his family's observance of Ramadan adds an extra layer of interest to the story. This upbeat early chapter book is engagingly illustrated, filled with beaver facts, and delivers a positive message about protecting the environment."
Youth Services Book Review

“This was a wonderful early chapter book and the characters solved a realistic problem in a natural way.”


Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit our Teacher Resources website to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Classroom Projects

Readers Theater Scripts

Teachers' Guides

Resource Guides

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels

Reaching Reluctant Readers:

Best Books for Struggling Readers

Webinars

Reading Strategies


You might also be interested in:

The Great Googlini
By (author): Sara Cassidy   Illustrated by: Charlene Chua
$6.95
Bus to the Badlands
By (author): Margriet Ruurs   Illustrated by: Claudia Dávila
$6.95