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The Little Word Catcher

by Danielle Simard, illustrated by Genevieve Cote

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published: Sep 2008
ISBN:9781926920535
publisher: Second Story Press
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Elise's grandmother used to know many words, but now she seems to be losing them all the time. Can Elise help her by catching them, like butterflies in a net? This award-winning picture book offers a gentle exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's.

About the Authors
Danielle Simard has always wanted to write and illustrate books for children. She already has created almost fifty of them, winning many awards and prizes, including the Governor General’s Award. Danielle loves visiting schools and libraries, talking to the young people who read her books. She lives in Mercier, Quebec.
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Geneviève Côté has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Lady of Shalott, by Tennyson, La petite rapporteuse de mots, by Danielle Simard, and her own Me and You, What Elephant? and With You, Always, Little Monday.  Her editorial art has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, l’Actualité and other such publications. She has won several honors, including the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2005 and the General Governor’s Award for Illustration in 2007. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.  Visit her at www.genevievecoteillustration.com.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
5 to 8

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The Little Word Catcher

Second Story Press has brought the Governor General’s Literary Awardwinning La petite rapporteuse de mots to English-language readers. The Little Word Catcher tells the bittersweet story of a young girl who is trying to understand Alzheimer’s disease.

When little Elise notices that her grandmother keeps forgetting her words, she wonders whether they’ve been lost like a set of keys. Elise’s logic turns words – ethereal, light and airy entities – into tangible objects. According to Elise, words have the potential to be misplaced in purses, vases or cupboards. They can be lent to another person, hidden away, worn out or caught in a net. The same way one would catch butterflies, Elise wonders if she can catch all of her grandmother’s words… and give them back to her.

This moving picture book will enchant readers through Danielle Simard’s delicate and pure writing and Geneviève Côté’s elegant yet playful watercolour illustrations. Côté was awarded the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration for La petite rapporteuse de mots. The soft, hazy and tragic effect of memory loss is captured through the technique of photocopying and re-photocopying her original illustrations. And her use of white space for the grandmother’s loss of words is simply heartbreaking.

The highlight of The Little Word Catcher is Elise and her compassion for her grandmother. Her dedication to both understanding and loving her grandmother is inspiring.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2008. Vol.31 No.3.

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The Little Word Catcher

Elsie’s grandmother used to know many marvellous words, but now she seems to be losing them all the time. This story offers a gentle explanation of the effects of Alzheimer’s on relationships in a family. It was first published in French as the award-winning La petite rapporteuse de mots.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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