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Monday, January 30, 2017

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey [JP RUU] by Margriet Ruurs, with illustrations by Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr, has just been added to our children's room collection. The book is special for several reasons:
  • It illustrates the plight of a Syrian family escaping from the turmoil of their home country.
  • It is presented in both English and Arabic languages.
  • The illustrations are created with stones.

Yes, you read that correctly, with stones! Here is a short video that shows the artist and his work:

This book would make a great classroom discussion starter for teachers at all levels. Art teachers can use it to show artists using non-traditional materials to express themselves. I think it could be a great visual lesson in metaphor, too.

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