January 8, 2016

Lost mother

Missing Nimâmâ
by Melanie Florence
illustrations by François Thisdale

A little girl named Kateri grows up without her mother who is one among many of Canada's missing indigenous women. In alternating voices, we listen as Kateri longs for her mother and as her mother longs for her. Raised by her nôhkom (grandmother), Kateri nurtures a hope that her mother will be found. Her mother in turn mourns the passing years and the missed milestones of her daughter's life such as going to school, attending her first dance, getting married, and having a baby. Beautiful and heartbreaking in words and in pictures, Florence's debut picture book elucidates the feelings of those who are left behind.

Highly recommended.

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