Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

Illustrated with stunning stone images by artist Nizar Ali Badr, author Margriet Ruurs and translator Falah Raheem tell the story of a Syrian refugee family.

Margriet Ruurs, Nizar Ali Badr & Falah Raheem

This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children's writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed 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. (From Orca Book Publishers Canada)

Author interviews

A long-distance collaboration from Syria to British Columbia created this powerful refugee story told in stones

4 years ago
When author Margriet Ruurs saw Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr's images created with rocks, she knew that there was an important story to be told. So she reached out to Ali Badr - the result is Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey. 3:52