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Les mots volés

by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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native canadian, multigenerational
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Curieuse d'en savoir davantage sur ses origines, une petite fille demande à son grand-père de prononcer un mot en langue crie. Celui-ci est attristé lorsqu'il réalise qu'il l'a oublié, conséquence de nombreuses années passées en école résidentielle. Il lui dit qu'il a « perdu les mots 7; lors de son passage là-bas, et elle décide donc de l'aider à les retrouver.

Un récit touchant sur les relations intergénérationnelles et une initiation tout en délicatesse à la découverte d'un épisode plutôt sombre de l'histoire du Canada.

 

When a man's granddaughter asks him how to say 'grandfather' in Cree, it unleashes a river of emotion when he admits that he doesn't know his language anymore. Seeing her grandfather upset, she helps him find his words again.

This sensitive, beautifully 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.

Original title: Stolen Words

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 Nimâmâ (Clockwise Press), which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Stolen Words (Second Story Press), which won the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and the bestselling He Who Dreams in the Orca Limelights line, a story that shares the same setting and characters as Dreaming in Color. She lives in Toronto.

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Gabrielle Grimard transformed her love of design into a career in illustration over the course of her studies at Concordia University and the University of Quebec. In 2018, Gabrielle’s picture book Stolen Words won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award. Not My Girl was a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her creativity has been applied to children’s publishing, advertising, and educational contexts.

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Contributor Notes

Melanie Florence est auteure canadienne de descendance crie et écossaise. Son premier livre, Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL, a été choisi comme livre d'honneur par l'American Indian Library Association. Ses oeuvres de fiction sont le roman pour ados One Night ainsi que l'album illustré Missing Nimama, gagnant du Prix TD de la littérature jeunesse. Melanie habite à Toronto.

Gabrielle Grimard a illustré plus de 30 albums, dont Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle habite à Montréal.

 

Melanie Florence is a Canadian author of Cree and Scottish heritage. Her first book, Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL was chosen as an Honor Book by the American Indian Library Association. Melanie''s fiction writing includes the teen novel One Night and the picture book Missing Nimama, winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She is also the author of Righting Canada''s Wrongs: Residential Schools. Melanie lives in Toronto.

Gabrielle Grimard has illustrated over 30 picture books, including When I Was Eight and Not My Girl. This is her first book as both author and illustrator. She lives in Montreal.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 100
Grade:
1 to 17

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