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Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: Indigenous, family, Canada, residential schools, love, strength, empowerment
Publisher: Portage & Main
Pub Date: 01/03/2017
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When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

Youth Services Book Reviews - August 10, 2017
"Calm, quiet illustrations with deep colors echo the conversation and the telling of history. This is a moving story, with a lot of unspoken history."

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Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
Global Read Aloud  | 2018 | Commended

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