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published: Sep 2019
ISBN:9781772601015
publisher: Second Story Press

kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words

by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, translated by Dolores Sand & Gayle Weenie

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publisher: Second Story Press
Description

The dual language edition, in Plains Cree and English, of Stolen Words, the award-winning story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in Cree, he tells her 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.

About the Authors

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway.

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Gabrielle Grimard dessine depuis son plus jeune âge. Sa passion pour le dessin et la peinture l’a amenée à faire des études en beaux-arts et en enseignement des arts plastiques à l’Université Concordia. Sa carrière d’illustratrice a démarré après la naissance de son premier enfant. Elle a déménagé de Montréal à Waterville, au Québec, où elle vit désormais avec ses deux enfants, plusieurs poules et son mari, qui construit des bateaux en bois. Tous deux partagent une ancienne grange convertie en atelier d’artistes.

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Dolores Sand is a Plains Cree language speaker from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.
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Gayle Weenie is a Plains Cree language speaker from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 9
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association's 2018 Best Bets
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award - CCBC's TD Canadian Children's Book Awards
  • Commended, 2018 (Spring) - Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Starred Selection
  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Commended, Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Books of 2017 to Give Readers Strength
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, The Children's Book Review's Best Picture Books of 2017
Editorial Review

"Stolen Words / kimotinaniwiw itwewina" recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, and reveals how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared -- making it a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library bilingual picture book collections for children."

— Children's Bookwatch: The Bilingual Shelf

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