The Little Word Catcher

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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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Bookwatch
"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 Children's Book News
"This moving picture book will enchant readers through Danielle Simard's delicate and pure writing and Genevieve Cote's elegant yet playful watercolour illustrations."
CM Magazine
"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
"Danielle Simard's thoughtful, sensitive text describes the relationship with subtlety and Geneviève Côté’s gentle soft-toned pictures capture the mood perfectly."
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"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."
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"Gentle, poignant...A lovely book that captures the thoughts of a child with remarkable skill in both writing and illustrating."
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Did you know that words could get lost? Elise's grandmother is losing her words. She used to know some very long and very fancy words...she knew millions of wonderful words. Now they are all lost. Unlike the keys that her grandmother often loses, her words aren't so easily found. It is frustrating for Grandma and distressing for Elise's mom when Grandma can't find the words for the things she needs. My grandmother looks very sad....Mom just looks upset and even sadder than Grandma. But Elise is good at guessing the words Grandma is trying to find. Dad even calls me the little word catcher. Elise's Dad explains that everyone and everything gets old. Maybe Grandma's problem is that her words are all worn out. But Elise knows that some things never get old. Grandma has been smiling for a long, long time. But it never wears out. A poignant story of the struggle of a little granddaughter to understand the painful changes in her beloved grandmother. An excellent choice to share with a young child coping with aging and loss. Illustrated with soft mixed-media drawings. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897187449
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Simard was working as an illustrator when she discovered that she loved writing children's books and she has now written several. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Geneviève Côté is a Montreal-based illustrator. She was awarded the Canadian Governor-General's award for children's literature-illustration for this book.

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