Stolen Words

Category: Book
By (author): Florence, Melanie
Illustrated By: Grimard, Gabrielle
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Second Story Press
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 24
Size: 8.50in x 8.50in x 0.40in
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From The Publisher*The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather 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 and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.
From The Publisher*A little girl sets out to help her grandfather discover the Cree language that was stolen from him when he was sent away to residential school as a boy.
Review Quote*In this poignant picture book about the devastating legacy of residential schools, author Melanie Florence presents the story of a little girl who re-introduces her grandfather to his first language after he has spent many years without it. A simple text with tremendous emotional impact, the dialogue between child and adult inspires hope for younger generations along with admiration for a resilient and determined man whom we know will succeed in his quest to re-learn what has been lost.... While definitely geared towards young children, Stolen Words is a picture book that older readers will also appreciate for its historical significance, honesty, impactful language, and artful presentation. Highly recommended.
Review Quote*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... Unforgettable. STARRED REVIEW.
Review Quote*...Stolen Words, from Melanie Florence, is one man's emotional tale of strength, hope, and healing, shedding light on the continued repercussions of the horrific residential schools that separated indigenous children from their families and heritage in the name of cultural assimilation. In color and gray scale, Gabrielle Grimard's moving watercolors capture the bittersweet journey while looking to the future.