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Second Story Press: Fall 2019

kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words
Bilingual edition
By (author): Melanie Florence Illustrated by: Gabrielle Grimard Translated by: Dolores Sand Translated by: Gayle Weenie
Melanie Florence ,

Illustrated by :

Gabrielle Grimard ,

Translated by :

Dolores Sand ,

Translated by :

Gayle Weenie


Second Story Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound
Paperback , Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound
Cree, English


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 9
Sep 10, 2019
$14.95 CAD


8.5in x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 100 gr

Page Count:

28 pages
Second Story Press
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
Picture storybooks|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism and anti-racism|Relating to Native American people
Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Books of 2017 to Give Readers Strength 2017, Commended Shelf Awareness Best Picture Books of the Year 2017, Commended The Children's Book Review's Best Picture Books of 2017 2017, Commended Ontario Library Association's 2018 Best Bets 2018, Commended Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2017, Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2018, Winner 2018 (Spring) - Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Starred Selection 2018, Commended Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award - CCBC's TD Canadian Children's Book Awards 2018, Short-listed
  • Short Description
The dual language edition, in Plains Cree and English, of the story of a little girl who sets out to help her grandfather discover the Cree language that was stolen from him when he was sent away to residential school as a boy.
The dual language edition, in Plains Cree and English, of the award-winning story of residential school, Indigenous language loss, and intergenerational healing.

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.

Melanie Florence is a Cree/Scottish writer whose books have won several awards. Her book Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. Her first picture book, Missing Nimama, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools. Melanie lives with her husband and two children in Toronto. Contributor Website

Gabrielle Grimard uses various media to research and create the illustrations for a book, but her favorite aspect will always be color. She uses mainly watercolors, gouache and oil. She adds a touch of wooden pencil for the details. She has illustrated dozens of books and has been nominated for several awards. She lives near Sherbrooke, Quebec. Contributor Website

Dolores Sand is a Plains Cree language speaker from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.

Gayle Weenie is a Plains Cree language speaker from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan.

New Dual Language edition in Cree and English, translated by Plains Cree speakers.
Timely story of generational pain/ legacy of residential schools in Indigenous communities.
2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages (United Nations).
ARCs to key reviewers, targeted review mailing and press release.
Digital ARC available on NetGalley and Edelweiss.
Co-op available.

For more information contact
[email protected]

"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." - Children's Bookwatch: The Bilingual Shelf

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