Missing Nimama

Missing Nimama

Book - 2015
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"Kateri is a young girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child along with her mother, who is always there, watching her child growing up without her. Told in alternating voices, Missing Nimama is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age appropriate context for young readers."--provided by Amazon.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Clockwise Pressc c2015.
ISBN: 9780993935145
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thisdale, François 1964-

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forbesrachel Aug 12, 2017

Missing Nimâmâ is a work of fiction that refers to a sadly widespread reality; the violence towards, and murder of indigenous women. Through this finely crafted picture book, the creators hope to raise awareness, and inspire action by portraying the experience of one family. Kateri misses her nimâmâ, and as we learn right from the beginning, it's because her mother was murdered. The murder itself, and the socioeconomic and psychological reasons for it are never mentioned. Instead, this heartbreaking story focuses on what this loss means to the daughter and the grandmother, and what it means to the departed mother. To do this, it is told from two perspectives: the girl who is doing her best to live her life, and the ghost of her watching mother, whose thoughts linger in italics. As Kateri grows up with her nôhkum and later with her own family, the mother expresses how much she loves her daughter, how proud she is, but also exhibits signs of anger, sadness, and even jealousy. The affects on the daughter are apparent more through the illustrations and events, because her half is told in third person, unlike her mother's which is in first. Thisdale's art is appropriately sobering at times, and full of loving warmth in others. The pictures are beautifully painted, and characters look photorealistic in order to create a stronger personal connection between the reader and the story. Florence's text is equally a part of the reason that people will be able to connect to the experience of this family. She never tries to dramatize what is happening or what the characters are feeling. She just tells it as it is through the little moments that matter. Readers who are not familiar with the Cree language and script will greatly appreciate the note on the very first page which introduces the words that are used throughout. Putting this at the front suggests a keenness to promote this language and culture just as much as the purpose is to tell a story; most picture books usually include such a chart at the end, leaving readers to discover it after the fact. At the back of this book is a note that includes the voices of different people, including that of the previous Canadian government which failed to address this issue, some facts, and a link to a resource that can help people find out more. Missing Nimâmâ offers the opportunity to open up a dialogue with children about how to treat women, how to deal with the loss of a loved one, what is happening to indigenous peoples, and what can be done. Every child, every parent, every person should read this book.

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ms_mustard
Feb 11, 2017

touching story of connections held through generations in the face of absence.

Andreatd Nov 22, 2016

Winner of the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. This book can be many things to many people. It can help any child that has lost a parent understand that they are loved even though that parent is gone. It also is a good way to begin teaching children about the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and would be a great way to start a meaningful discussion on the subject at any age.

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muffinpopcorn
Mar 06, 2016

Excellent book . Will need some help with explaining the topic when reading to the younger kids , but well worth the reading and having a discussion on the growing sad problem of women , no matter the race and country of origin , disappearing at the hands of evil people. Very well done book on a topic too often still in the news in the 21st century .

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