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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Badir and the Beaver

by Shannon Stewart, illustrated by Sabrina Gendron

tagged: chapter books, mammals, muslim

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.

About the Authors
Shannon Stewart teaches in a francophone school in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has had the opportunity to meet and learn from students all over the world. She is the author of Sea Crow (Orca, 2004), Alphabad: An Alphabet Book for Wicked Children! (Key Porter Books, 2005) and Captain Jake (Orca, 2008). She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

Sabrina Gendron has a degree in visual arts from Cégep de Ste-Foy, as well as 2D/3D animation from Collège Bart. In addition to many French-language books, she is the illustrator of Badir and the Beaver and High and Dry in the Orca Echoes line. Sabrina lives in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
  • Commended, Green Earth Book Award Honor Book
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
Editorial Reviews

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

— Youth Services Book Review

“Teachers can use this book to introduce Canada’s national symbol, the beaver and to discuss multiculturalism and the environment.”

— Resource Links

&quotThe 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.&quot

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★ "With her gentle tale, Stewart does an excellent job at promoting cultural understanding…A beautifully written page-turner about belonging."

— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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."

— Booklist

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