Stolen Words

Melanie Florence (Author) Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator)
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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, beautifully illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system, which separated young Indigenous children from their families.

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Second Story Press
Publish Date
September 05, 2017
8.7 X 0.5 X 8.6 inches | 0.64 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Melanie Florence is the author of several award-winning fiction and non-fiction books about Indians. She is of Plains Cree and Scottish descent. She lives in lives in Toronto with her family.

Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was a very young child. Born in Montreal, she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. She began her career as a muralist, painting numerous walls in commercial buildings in the Montreal area. She has illustrated several picture books for young readers.


★ "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."--Shelf Awareness, starred review