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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 28
Themes: Residential Schools, Native American, Indigenous, First Nations, Cree
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 17/Sep/2019
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The dual language edition, in Plains Cree and English, of Stolen Words, the award-winning story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in Cree, he tells her 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.

Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch: The Bilingual Shelf
"Stolen Words / kimotinaniwiw itwewina" recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, and reveals how that pain is passed down, and how healing can also be shared -- making it a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library bilingual picture book collections for children."


2018 (Spring) - Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens   | 2018 | Commended
Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award  | 2017 | Short-listed
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award - CCBC's TD Canadian Children's Book Awards  | 2018 | Short-listed
Shelf Awareness Best Picture Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
The Children's Book Review's Best Picture Books of 2017  | 2017 | Commended
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award  | 2018 | Winner
Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Books of 2017 to Give Readers Strength  | 2017 | Commended
Ontario Library Association's 2018 Best Bets  | 2018 | Commended

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