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When I Was Eight - by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 32

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sub-Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Annick Press

Age Range: 4-8 years

Book theme: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Author: Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Language: English

Street Date: February 1, 2013
TCIN: 15984937
UPC: 9781554514915
Item Number (DPCI): 247-13-3324

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A searing account of assimilation policies and a celebration of the human spirit In this picture-book memoir, an Inuit recollects how she begged her father to attend the church-run Indian residential school so she could fulfill her cherished dream to learn to read... What she discovers is the school is draconian... Olemaun describes how a nun cuts her braid, changes her name, and assigns an endless list of chores... Even as she labors, Olemaun finds strength in memories of her father's love and uses every opportunity to study the alphabet and sound out words. Effective shadow-ridden illustrations capture the pervasive atmosphere of abuse, but the final picture speaks volumes about Olemaun's determination and triumph: her face appears as large and shining as the sun emerging from darkness, because she has taught herself to read... A searing account of assimilation policies and a celebration of the human spirit.--Jeanne McDermott"Booklist" (04/30/2013)
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