(Melanie Florence, Illustrated by François Thisdale)
2021 Hardcover – Ages 8 to 12
★ Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
★ Winner of the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award
A beautiful, transcendent story of a mother-daughter connection that persists through tragedy and across time.
Kateri is a young Cree 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. Her mother is absent, but not gone, watching her child growing up without her.
Told in alternating voices of child and mother, Missing Nimâmâ is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. Dreamlike illustrations by François Thisdale enrich Kateri’s emotional journey. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age-appropriate context for young readers. Includes Cree words and glossary.