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category: Children's Fiction
published: Oct 2020
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The One with the Scraggly Beard

by Elizabeth Withey, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield

tagged: homelessness & poverty, emotions & feelings, city & town life

A child tries to understand the life of a man he has seen sleeping under a bridge. The boy’s mother patiently answers his questions and explains how people’s life paths can be so different. The child observes the things he has in common with the man and wonders where his own path will lead.
The One With the Scraggly Beard is defined by a simple narrative in which a child’s curiosity and perceptiveness act as catalysts for understanding fear, suffering and resilience while exploring themes of homelessness, belonging and compassion. This unique book will speak to children and adults alike. A note from the author explains how the origin of this story is rooted in her own life.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Withey est à la fois journaliste, autrice et artiste en arts visuels. Elle a passé son enfance à la campagne en Saskatchewan à lire des livres empruntés à la bibliothèque régionale de Wapiti. Elle a été autrice en résidence à la bibliothèque municipale d’Edmonton, ainsi que journaliste et chroniqueuse à l’Edmonton Journal. Établie à Calgary, Elizabeth est productrice à CBC Radio. L’Homme à la barbe hirsute s’inspire des réactions de son fils après avoir aperçu son oncle qui vit dans la rue depuis 2015.

L’illustratrice Lynn Scurfield vient d’une banlieue tranquille de Toronto. Elle a reçu un baccalauréat en illustration du Sheridan College en 2015 et depuis, elle dessine pour différents clients comme Macmillan Publishers, NPR, le New York Times, The Walrus et Reader's Digest Canada.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
Editorial Reviews

“A wise and timely tale because young children see what is happening on our streets and wonder why. Withey’s spare text allows the little boy to fill in the spaces as he matures and develops understanding.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A complex topic painted with care and told with empathy.”

— Kirkus Reviews

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