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I Lost My Talk

by Rita Joe, illustrated by Pauline Young

tagged: native canadian, cultural heritage
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list price: $13.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Feb 2021
pages: 32
ISBN:9781774710050
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Description

Rita Joe's powerful poem is presented anew in this children's picture book with illustrations from Pauline Young. A story of recovering what was lost in residential school, I Lost My Talk will raise conversation about language as a vehicle for truth and reconciliation. Published simultaneously with the companion book I'm Finding My Talk.

About the Authors
Rita Joe is a well-known Mi'kmaq poet, the author of Song of Eskasoni and Poems of Rita Joe. She was recently awarded the Order of Canada.
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Pauline Young is a visual artist who was first exposed to the creative world through her father, Phillip Young, an internationally renowned artist, who painted the bottoms of her feet. She still recalls the smooth sensation of paint oozing between her toes. She draws her inspiration from him and the natural environment and is always looking down to see what the ground can offer, such as incorporating beach sand and red oxide sand into her paintings.
Pauline Young, 880 Route 425, Whitney, NB, E1V 4K4
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 9
Grade:
p to 4
Awards
  • Commended, Jury-selected, from Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Book collection (IBBY Canada)
  • Long-listed, First Nations Communities Read, Children's Award
  • Winner, CBC Best Picture Book
  • Commended, Globe & Mail Top 100 selection
  • Short-listed, Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award
Editorial Review

"How do you transform a story of so much pain into something that can be shared with children? Separation, isolation, trauma, abuse? Well, Rita Joe fought, grew, survived, and turned trauma into poetry.... The art to accompany this poem is hauntingly perfect: the drab muddy sameness of the residential school feels like a sepia toned photograph dropped in a puddle of grief. The emerging clarity towards the end merges nature and an urban environment on the other side of the school, as the poet comes forward to find her talk and share her story.

This is the time for these books. Well, no: it's past time. I wish I'd seen them as a student, myself, but I'm glad they're out there now, at a time Canadians are reckoning with our past and present— and choosing future directions. It's time Rita Joe was allowed to speak directly to us, children and adults alike, and that Rebecca Thomas was given the chance to bring her sequel to us, too. I thank Nimbus for sending me these books. I encourage you, all of you, to get your own copies, examine them, read them, and think about what we're being told."

https://childrensbookroom.wordpress.com/2020/09/23/nimbus-reviews-i-lost-my-talk-im-finding-my-talk/

"I Lost My Talk and I'm Finding My Talk are inseparable sister pieces meant to stand side-by-side.... Beautifully illustrated by Pauline Young, these books read like a conversation—one that Joe and Thomas invite readers young and old to join in."
[Edit] Magazine (Summer 2020)

"This picture book version of I Lost My Talk is best read with Rebecca Thomas's I?m Finding My Talk. These haunting, evocative books bring an original approach to the exploration of Canadian residential schools in picture books. For readers and teachers who appreciate fact—based information, there is also A Short History of Residential Schools at the end of I Lost My Talk. Educators, librarians, and families will find their classrooms and book collections invaluably enriched by these books. They are real tools of truth and reconciliation; as such, they belong on every bookshelf in Canada and beyond.
CM Reviews, Highly Recommended(5 stars)

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