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Stolen Words / Kimotinaniwiw Pikiskwewina

Written by Melanie Florence & illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Published by Orca Book Publisher
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The dual language edition, in Cree and English, of 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.

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Who Wrote Stolen Words / Kimotinaniwiw Pikiskwewina

Melanie Florence

<strong>Melanie Florence</strong> 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 <i>Missing Nimama</i>, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include <i>Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools</i> and the teen novels <i>He Who Dreams</i>, <i>The Missing</i>, <i>One Night</i>, and <i>Rez Runaway</i>. For more information, visit

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Who Illustrated Stolen Words / Kimotinaniwiw Pikiskwewina

Gabrielle Grimard

<strong>Gabrielle Grimard</strong> 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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September 10, 2019

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