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Stolen Words

After a 7-year-old girl makes her own dreamcatcher at school, she's excited to show her beloved grandfather -- but when she asks him how to say something in his language, Cree, he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive, beautifully illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system, which separated young Indigenous children from their families.

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"Florence’s tender text soothes the harsh reality of having Native language stolen while attending one of Canada’s former residential schools for Indigenous children. Grimard’s equally emotive illustrations show the stark realities of the experience in symbolic images, as when a crow that embodies their words is locked in a cage, and literal ones, as in a heartbreaking picture of grieving mothers stretching their arms toward the bus that takes their children away....Unforgettable." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Melanie Florence
Illustrator Gabrielle Grimard
ISBN 1772600377
Publication Date Sep 5, 2017
Publisher Second Story Press
Language English