Author's Visit: Melanie Florence

Tuesday February 19

We are very excited to welcome Melanie Florence who will be visiting this Wednesday afternoon to present to all of our kindergarten to Grade three students. Melanie is an award-winning author of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She will be presenting to our students about traditional storytelling and folktales, and will read her award-winning picture book Stolen Words. According to Melanie Florence's website, Stolen Words is the "story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language- Cree- he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again." This picture book has given many of our classes an understanding of the impact of residential schools and has allowed for rich discussions of this topic in an age-appropriate way. We are so honoured to have Melanie visit with our youngest students this week.