Raffi’s Animal Rescue
illustrated by Elisabeth Eudes-Pascal
translated by Sarah Cummins
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 any more. What can Raffi do to save the bird? In this story readers will learn about ways of coping with disabilities
About the Author
Meunier poses an interesting question for her young readers. How can a boy who cannot move, help a bird who cannot move? When Raffi's sister comes home for lunch and shows no interest in helping the bird, Raffi takes it upon himself to save this bird. He soon finds himself falling down the stairs and lying on the floor, as helpless as the bird he was going to save. Circumstances, including a change of heart from his sister, lead to a happy ending both for Raffi and the injured bird.
Illustrations by Elisabeth Eudes-Pascal add to the reader's comprehension of this otherwise difficult story. Sometimes it is the illustration which helps the reader understand the position of Raffi on the floor or the placement of the birds outside.
The authors use of sickle-cell anemia as a plot point to explain her character's inability to move easily takes some of the mystery out of this disease. This is a charming story about a boy who loves animals and his efforts to save an injured bird.
Robert Groberman is a grade one and grade two teacher at Kirkbride Elementary School, Surrey, BC.