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The Little Word Catcher
By author: Danielle Simard   Illustrated by: Genevieve Cote
Selling Points: Intergenerational relationships
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Sep/01/2008
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $14.95
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A little girl tries to help her grandmother by finding the growing number of words that seem to be escaping her. Are the words hiding somewhere? Can she trap them in her net like butterflies? A gentle exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's on the relationships in a family, and the special bond it creates between a grandmother and her granddaughter as the young girl begins to believe that her grandmother has used up all her words and has passed them on to her, as a gift. Award-winning illustrations.
Children's Bookwatch - July 1, 2009
"A finely developed tool to assist children and families in understanding and accepting the erosions of Alzheimer’s disease in a beloved, familiar, mature mind and psyche."
Canadian Teacher Magazine - March 1, 2009
"Gentle, poignant...A lovely book that captures the thoughts of a child with remarkable skill in both writing and illustrating."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"The softness of the watercolours and the line drawings depicting everyday life reflect calm and acceptance of the realities of life...I would recommend this book to both school and public libraries."
CM Magazine - November 21, 2008
"Danielle Simard has eloquently captured the whimsy of a child testing and considering a variety of answers to a puzzle. Gently told and beautifully illustrated and with an ending that is both believable and reassuring, The Little Word Catcher will offer a way to open conversations about Alzheimer's in a supportive manner. Highly recommended."
Deakin Newsletter - November 1, 2008
"Danielle Simard's thoughtful, sensitive text describes the relationship with subtlety and Geneviève Côté’s gentle soft-toned pictures capture the mood perfectly."
Canadian Children's Book News - August 1, 2008
"This moving picture book will enchant readers through Danielle Simard's delicate and pure writing and Genevieve Cote's elegant yet playful watercolour illustrations."



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