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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Missing Nimâmâ

by (author) Melanie Florence

illustrated by François Thisdale

Publisher
Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Category
Native Canadian, Multigenerational, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780993935145
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443190046
    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
    $19.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

 

A beautiful, transcendent story of a mother-daughter connection that persists through tragedy and across time.

 

Kateri is a young Cree girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones: her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child. Her mother is absent, but not gone, watching her child growing up without her.

Told in alternating voices of child and mother, Missing Nimâmâ is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. Dreamlike illustrations by François Thisdale enrich Kateri’s emotional journey. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age-appropriate context for young readers. Includes Cree words and glossary.

 

About the authors

 

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 œuvres 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.

 

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.

 

Melanie Florence's profile page

 

L’œuvre de François Thisdale mélange les techniques traditionnelles et l’imagerie numérique. Il est l’illustrateur de The Stamp Collector, qui a été sur la liste d’honneur IBBY, That Squeak, un livre qui s’est mérité une mention d’honneur pour le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver et Missing Nimama, lauréat du prix TD de littérature pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. François vit à Montréal, au Québec.

 

François Thisdale's work blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery. He is the illustrator of The Stamp Collector, which is on IBBY Honor List, That Squeak, an honour book for the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik- Cleaver Picture Book Award, and Missing Nimama, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award. François lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 

François Thisdale's profile page

Editorial Reviews

 

 

Praise for Missing Nimâmâ:

"A free-verse intergenerational story of separation, loss, and daughter-mother connection amid the ongoing crisis of missing First Nations girls and women. . ." — Kirkus Reviews

"A touching story related from the point of view of a missing indigenous woman as she watches her daughter grow up without her." — Quill and Quire

"Missing Nimâmâ is a haunting story of lives lost and lived and shared, beautifully rendered in words and art. Expect to see this one on award lists in the near future." — CanLit for Little Canadians

 

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