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Raffi's Animal Rescue
     

Raffi's Animal Rescue

by Sylvain Meunier, Sarah Cummins (Translator), Elisabeth Eudes-Pascal (Illustrator)
 
Raffi McCaffrey can't move the way most kids can. He has a condition that makes it hard for him to get around. So he spends a lot of time at his window watching the birds. One morning, when he is studying the trees outside his window, he suddenly sees something move. It's a bird—and it's injured! Its wing is hurt and it can't fly anymore. What can Raffi do to

Overview

Raffi McCaffrey can't move the way most kids can. He has a condition that makes it hard for him to get around. So he spends a lot of time at his window watching the birds. One morning, when he is studying the trees outside his window, he suddenly sees something move. It's a bird—and it's injured! Its wing is hurt and it can't fly anymore. What can Raffi do to save the bird? In this story readers will learn about ways of coping with disabilities.

Sylvain Meunier was born in Lachine, Quebec, and has written several books for adults and children. Two of his novels, Le seul ami and L'Homme à la bicyclette, have been finalists for the Governor General's Award.

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CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This is a charming story about a boy (who cannot move) who loves animals and his efforts to save an injured bird. Recommended."
CM Magazine
"This is a charming story about a boy (who cannot move) who loves animals and his efforts to save an injured bird. Recommended."
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Raffi has sickle cell anemia. Right now that means his body is too small for his head and he has a lot of pain in his hips. Sometimes he can hardly move. One June morning as Raffi is looking out the window through his binoculars, he notices an injured swallow under the bushes. Raffi is somewhat of a bird expert. After all, spending as much time indoors looking out as he did, it was only natural he would recognize most, if not all, that happened by his window. This particular swallow touches him. Swallows are his favorite bird, but this female has something Raffi can relate to—she has difficulty moving. Raffi has to help, but how? He has been left alone—his father is at his workshop, his mother has just left to meet a client and his older sister Serena is on her way home from school for lunch. Certainly, an injured bird is not an emergency for anyone to rush home for. Raffi and the bird wait for help. Raffi realizes the swallow is really a purple martin, which may have fallen from the safety of a neighbor's home. Serena once called the neighbors "racists" as they didn't seem very friendly toward her family. Reluctantly, Serena rescues the injured bird. When Dad comes home, they decide to see if their neighbors would welcome an injured bird. Suddenly, the ‘racist' turns into a softy and assists in returning the bird to her partner. This can be a difficult story to follow, but it is not overwhelming. Eudes-Pascal's illustrations enhance the text, as there is a lot going on in this short chapter book. There are loads of topics for group discussion: disabilities, discrimination, stereotyping, diseases and families—to name a few. It is equally appropriate for leisure readingas the story has enough action to hold the reader's attention without frustrating vocabulary. A welcome addition from our neighbor to the north—Canada! Reviewer: Elizabeth Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887807404
Publisher:
Formac Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Formac First Novels Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Sylvain Meunier was born in Lachine, Quebec and has written several books for adults and children. Two of his novels, Le seul ami and L'homme a la bicyclette have been finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards.

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