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Quand on était seuls is the French language translation of author David Robertson's and illustrator Julie Flett's picture book, When We Were Alone. Translated by Diane Lavoie. This 24-page picture book combines the unique storytelling techniques of David Robertson with the compelling collage artwork of Julie Flett into a touching account of a Cree child helping her Kokum (grandmother) around her home. In this safe setting the author allows the curious young girl ask her grandmother about Kokum's brightly coloured dresses, long braided hair, Cree language, and about the time when her grandmother was the same age as the child. Grandmother's gentle account is well suited for her granddaughter's understanding. It turns out that as a child, Kokum attended a residential school for a number of years. In answer to the curiosity about colourful dresses, Kokum tells about the time all the girls had to wear similar black, uncomfortable dresses at the school. So during the fall, all the girls enjoyed playing among the fallen leaves around the school. Here they imagined their clothing was colourful and they were happy. Kokum's long braid is the next question and she explains how all the girls had their long hair cut into a short unflattering style. Cree language is important to Kokum and she explains when she was young the residential school teachers said her language was forbidden. Kokum's brother drops by to visit and the little group enjoys a break sipping their tea. The powerful yet gentle conversation between grandchild and grandparent provides a safe and reassuring space for the students listening to the question and answer format of this approach to explaining a difficult and current concern for all Canadians. The child frames the residential school topic through her questions and her wise Kokum explains honestly and truthfully about her personal experiences. The importance of family relationships is highlighted in this simple and effective picture book. This title is highly recommended for the primary and junior levels.


Une mère de famille de 49 ans a été interpellée mardi à Metz, soupçonnée d'avoir laissés seuls pendant un mois ses deux enfants de 9 et 12 ans au domicile familial pour partir à l'étranger, a-t-on appris jeudi de source judiciaire.

Domiciliée dans le quartier de Metz-Bellecroix, cette mère isolée, était partie en voyage le 19 juillet, laissant seuls ses deux enfants, avec une carte bancaire confiée à un proche, censée subvenir à leurs besoins matériels. 041b061a72


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