Stolen Words

Stolen Words

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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

ISBN-13: 9781772600377
Publisher: Second Story Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 480,337
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway. For more information, visit

Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She moved from Montreal to Waterville, Quebec, where she now lives with her two children, several chickens and her husband, who builds wooden boats. They share an old barn as their artists' studio. For more information, visit

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Stolen Words 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
A short but extremely powerful book about the impact on the residential schools not only on the children that lived in them, but on the future generations. A young girl asks her grandfather how to say Grandfather in Cree, his native language. Unfortunately, he does not know. When he was forced to live and attend the residential schools, his language was taken from him. He very simply states how this happened and you can not help but feel his pain, both physical and emotional. His granddaughter wants to help him regain the Cree language and finds him an old Cree dictionary and they learn together. This is a very moving story. It is simple, yet powerful. This is a dark spot on Canadian History which is just beginning to be recognized and spoken about openly. An excellent book to be in every school library to share this experience and learn from it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Stolen Words is the story of a young girl and the relationship between her and her Grandfather. One day when asking her Grandfather what a word meant in Cree, he admits that he doesn't remember because his language was stolen from him as a boy. She sets out on her own journey in order to help her Grandfather reclaim his language! This was a powerful book even though it was short, you get the gist of what this story is all about. After reading a book like this one, you can't help but to think of all the Indians that was forced onto reservations and had their language stolen from them. This is a perfect book to get kids more interested about Indians and what they had to endure before and after reservations! The pictures were spot on for what the story was saying at the time and made it even more perfect for this book! Thank You to Melanie Florence for writing a book like this that is perfect for kids to understand without being too much for them! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!