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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: Residential Schools, Native American, Indigenous, First Nations, Cree
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 17/Sep/2019
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This is the story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language, Cree, he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly 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.

Dual-language edition in English and Cree.

Shelf Awareness, starred review
★ “A sobering ode to [Florence's] heritage, presented through eyes filled with love and hope...Word by word, her story—written in honor of her Cree grandfather—is a significant step toward forever healing.”

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