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Les mots volés

by Melanie Florence
illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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native canadian, multigenerational
list price: $11.99
edition:Paperback
published: 2017
ISBN:9781443164399
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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

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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.

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Melanie Florence

MELANIE FLORENCE is a proud Cree and a full-time writer currently based in Toronto. She is the author of the Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools, the YA novel The Missing, the Lorimer SideStreets title One Night, and Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, which was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. As a freelance journalist, Melanie's byline has appeared in magazines including Dance International, Writer, Parents Canada, and Urban Male Magazine.
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Gabrielle Grimard

GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.

GABRIELLE GRIMARD has illustrated over 30 picture books, includingQuand j'avais huit ans and Les mots volés. Lila et la corneille is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She lives near Montreal.

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