Stolen Words

Stolen Words

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Second Story Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781772600377
Branch Call Number: E
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Grimard, Gabrielle - Illustrator


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May 25, 2018

It's beautifully illustrated, and the story makes you want to learn more about the history of Canadian Indians.

DPLjosie Jan 18, 2018

This look at the impact of Canada's residential school system is a wee bit scary at the beginning, but so warm and fuzzy by the end. I love the author's use of a book and the library to show they powerful, emotional impact books and knowledge can have in this situation. Also, the role of a granddaughter in helping heal her grandfather's wounds shows the great strength and resiliency of this Cree family.


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