19 Stories in Good Company

British Columbia
British Columbia
Dan Bar-el British Columbia

Dan Bar-el is a children’s author, educator and storyteller. He leads storytelling programs, visits schools and libraries, and lives and thrives in Vancouver. His new books are Dream Boats and Not Your Typical Dragon. @danbar-el.com Read more

Ashley Spires British Columbia

Ashley Spires is the creator of the Binky Adventure graphic novel series, the first of which won the Hackmatack Book Award and the Silver Birch Express. Her picture books, Small Saul and Larf, have been nominated for several awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. @ashleyspires Read more

Eric Walters Ontario

Eric Walters’ young adult novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow and Ruth Schwartz Awards, and have received honours from UNESCO’s international award for literature in the service of tolerance. His most recent books are Power Play, My Name is Blessing and Tagged. @EricRWalters Read more

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Studio 1398
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

Veteran children’s author Eric Walters has written more than 80 books that have won more than 100 awards, so you’re in for an afternoon of great storytelling and creative genius. Walters’ newest story follows a young Kenyan boy whose disability turns out to be a blessing. He teams up with two other Canadian children’s authors who will entertain with stories about Binky the cat, who plots an escape from the vet, and Crispin, the scaly dragon who can’t even light his own birthday candles. Come and enjoy an hour in the company of good stories for the young.

Suitable for grades K–3

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Stories in Good Company


Dan Bar-el, Not Your Typical Dragon
Ashley Spires, Binky: License to Scratch

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts: literacy foundations
  • Visual Arts
  • Social Studies: geography
  • Diversity, identity and self-esteem


  • In Dan Bar-el’s Not Your Typical Dragon, Crispin and his friends and family come to accept his difference as a unique talent that comes in handy in an emergency. A similar transition is seen in My Name is Blessing, where the focus shifts from Baraka’s disability to his great heart, spirit, and the blessings he brings. Ask students if they have ever experienced a situation (personal or not) where what is originally seen as a flaw eventually turns out to be helpful or positive.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the characters Crispin the dragon, Binky the space cat, and Baraka. Then, ask the students to imagine each character in another character’s environment. For example, how would Crispin fare if he was trying to escape from a vet’s office? How would he have used his unique talents in this situation? Have the students write a story or illustrate a picture of how they imagine this scenario will unfold. 
  • Have students create a character paired with a strange quality (get the class to brainstorm a list of characters and qualities) and imagine a situation where his or her strange quality comes into good use. Encourage students to challenge themselves with a very unusual pairing.