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I Am Not a Number Hardcover – Sep 6 2016

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Second Story Press (Sept. 6 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927583942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927583944
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Residential and boarding school stories are hard to read, but they're vitally important... books like I Am Not a Number should be taught in schools in Canada, and the U.S., too. (Debbie Reese American Indians in Children's Literature)^A moving glimpse into a not-very-long-past injustice. (Kirkus Reviews)^It’s important to teach children about true Canadian history, but it’s not easy to talk about it in a way that children will understand. I Am Not a Number is perfect to get the conversation about residential schools started with your children. It opens the door for them to ask questions about the subject and the story is relatable in a way they can follow. (Residential School Magazine)^This well done, empathetic historical book is highly recommended for all collections. (Booklist starred review)^The personal relevance of the subject matter to Jenny Kay Dupuis comes through in the strong text she co-wrote with Kathy Kacer.... primary school teachers and librarians will find much here that they can work with. (CM: Canadian Review of Materials)^The story never shies from the harsh treatment Irene endured, peaking dramatically when the children hide from the agent coming to collect them for a second school year. They were among the lucky ones whose parents took a stand and refused to return them. Most spreads feature a full page of first-person narrative opposite Newland’s somber watercolors. An afterword discusses Canada’s history with the residential school program (and recent government apologies for it) and provides additional details about her grandmother’s life. (Publishers Weekly)^Gillian Newland's sombre illustrations, done with a muted palette of greys, greens and browns, beautifully capture the written words.... This book is a moving look into an injustice that continues to have ramifications for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. (Canadian Children's Book News)^Of special note is the author’s ability to portray the devastating environment that Irene lived in, in a heartfelt and authentic way that is very much appropriate for the intended age... Few stories exist about the residential school system that are aimed at a younger age group, and this one is an absolute must for classrooms and libraries. (Resource Links)^To any one looking for a book to teach children about the history of residential schools 'I Am Not A Number' is without hesitation a very powerful and historical teaching tool. (Anishinabek News)

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