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  • Title: Dear Canada: These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens
  • Author: Ruby Slipperjack
  • ISBN: 9781443133180
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Violet Pesheen is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School She misses her Grandma she has run ins with Cree girls at her white school, everyone just stares and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name she is now just a number But worst of all, she has a fear A fear of forgetting the things she treasures most her AnishnabViolet Pesheen is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School She misses her Grandma she has run ins with Cree girls at her white school, everyone just stares and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name she is now just a number But worst of all, she has a fear A fear of forgetting the things she treasures most her Anishnabe language the names of those she knew before and her traditional customs A fear of forgetting who she was.Her notebook is the one place she can record all of her worries, and heartbreaks, and memories And maybe, just maybe there will be hope at the end of the tunnel.Drawing from her own experiences at Residential School, Ruby Slipperjack creates a brave, yet heartbreaking heroine in Violet, and lets young readers glimpse into an all too important chapter in our nation s history.
    Dear Canada These Are My Words The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens Violet Pesheen is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School She misses her Grandma she has run ins with Cree girls at her white school everyone just stares and everything she brought

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    1. These Are My Words The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack tells the story of 12 year old Violet Pynut and her experience at a residential school during the years 1966 and 1967 Like previous Dear Canada books, the novel is told in a diary like format If you re unfamiliar with the Dear Canada series, they are books published by Canada with the purpose of introducing middle grade readers to Canadian history through fictionalized diary entries, along with an epilogue, hi [...]

    2. I felt like the plight of Violet was romanticize a bit It seemed that Violet had a choice to be at the school I don t feel that the book accurately portrays what the Native Americans went through in Residential Schools Violet seemed to lack any emotion at all and in the end decided to go home and not return I m no expert, but I m pretty sure they didn t actually have a choice I was disappointed Having said all of that, if this is your first introduction to what happened, it could be a good stepp [...]

    3. So good but very depressingI think you need to go in knowing that you will hear of violence but also of hope

    4. 3 stars for These are my Words.Thoughts and plotDear Canada series continues to bring history to life for children with These Are My Words The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack This book tells the story of 12 year old Violet Pynut and her experience at a residential school While I the idea of a diary covering this topic, the story fell a bit short for me due to Violet s rather flat characterization Maybe it s because I m reading Dear Canada Exiles form the War and I [...]

    5. From what I know of Canada s history, this is quite sanitized I was also disappointed to read on the last page that this was a fictional account The book appears as if it is based on legitimate diaries kept at the time although that seemed far fetched maybe I just WANTED to believe someone had managed to do so.

    6. This book is about Violet Pesheens, a young aboriginal girl that was taken away from her family and put into the residential school system, throughout the story, she meets new people, creates new bonds and discovers how dark this system of education really was The book is fictional, however, It brings valuable insight into what the residential school system was really like It allows you to create an attachment to the children who were brought into this system of oppression and experience their f [...]

    7. I m pretty sure that it was the Dear Canada books that got me into history and thus, pushed me into the future of getting a degree in it This book is so important So, so important For those who do not know, recently Canada has been focusing on Truth and Reconciliation with the Indigenous People Our history is filled with the horrors and tragedies of stealing children from their homes, forcing them to live and learn in horrendous residential schools, forbidden from speaking their language and har [...]

    8. These Are My Words The Residential School Diary of Violet Peeshens by Ruby Slipperjack is part of the Dear Canada series published by Canada These books are fantastic historical fiction written in the form of a young child s diary so children can experience these important moments in Canadian history through the eyes of someone their own age.These Are My Words is an incredible teaching tool and is a beneficial novel to have in any middle upper grade classroom As a book to read for pleasure, I ca [...]

    9. When I saw this book in a school library a couple weeks ago I knew I had to have a copy of it Growing up I loved reading and collecting Dear Canada books and did not realize that new ones are still being released Residential Schools in Canada is a complicated subject to tackle, but the author handles it in a way that is age appropriate for children reading the book while still helping them to understand how poorly Aboriginal people were treated There is also additional historical information inc [...]

    10. I m happy Ruby Slipperjack wrote this book for young readers The time period of the mid 60 s was unique to address b c we ve heard so much about schools from the late 1800 s to early 1900 s With the notes of Violet s mother s experience, it was valuable to show how residential schools had changed were changing at the time Of course, the heartbreak of being away from family, the acts of aggression from other children and the separation from culture language had a huge impact on Violet s temperame [...]

    11. This book was in itself historically accurate, but I would have appreciated incorporation of the themes of residential school that I have heard about There was a lot of description of daily meals

    12. This wasn t my favorite dear Canada, but it also wasn t bad I wasn t a huge fan of a narrative but it did the trick and you could feel the struggle of Violet and everyone in that time.

    13. I was really glad to see this book as the newest chapter in this series As an aspiring teacher, I think it s so important to address the dark parts of our country s history, and to find a way to bring them to children who need to learn about them I also appreciate the series branching out to be less Euro centric, both in its authors and its historical subjects.That said, however, this installment isn t as good as some of the other entries in the series.As others have said, it seems a little sani [...]

    14. This is such a hard book to read, but such an important one Not hard in that it was poorly written much the contrary, it was remarkably well written and powerful but that the subject matter is difficult to wrap ourselves around Unlike other Dear Canada books, it s not uplifting and it s not about an inspiring period in history, and it doesn t track with our perception of Canada as a great nation It s so important that we have books like this that focus on terrible mistakes, and Ruby Slipperjack [...]

    15. In Northern Ontario, in 1966, Violet Pesheens is send to residential school far from her home and family Homesick and lonely, she keeps a secret journal about her time there This Dear Canada title is a realistic glimpse into the heart of how it feels to be torn from all that you love since it is written by Ruby Slipperjack, an Eabametoong First Nation member The novel s modernish setting will be accessible to middle grade readers and they will be surprised to discover the things that are new and [...]

    16. So, one of many things I love about the Dear Canada series is that it doesn t shy away from shameful moments in this country s history These Are My Words, which deals with the residential school system and the horrifying treatment of indigenous people by the government and Canadians in general , is such an important addition to the series.There is a lot left unsaid, there is a lot that is implied instead of directly stated, and it makes me wonder how much background information you need But havi [...]

    17. This is the heartbreaking diary of a young lady named Violet who is sent live at a residential school While it definitely only touches on alludes to some of the horrific things that happened to these individuals, it s a very thought provoking book It left me feeling incredibly sad that it is a part of our Canadian history, and that the aftermath of this awful treatment will likely continue for generations to come A very worthwhile read.

    18. This presented a less harsh picture of residential schools than I was expecting, but I think it is a great book for grades 4 to 8 to explore this topic in depth You get a good sense of some of the issues faced by children losing their language and connection to culture, separation from their families, a disconnect from what they were learning in school.

    19. This was an incredibly sad, but nonetheless extremely relevant story of residential schools and a dark time in Canada s history I wish it had been longer but there are so many instances of dramatic irony things that we the audience recognize and understand but the narrator doesn t that added a lot to the story.

    20. This is a great introduction to things that happened at Residential schools for young children It stays clear of the really horrible things that happened but opens your eyes up to how the children must have felt being taken away from their homes and families and brought to places far away from home where they were unable to be themselves.

    21. I ve tried a few times to introduce this series to my daughter but she s shown no interest Friday they were talking about the residential schools at daycare and I happened to have this one with me I handed it to her and she s now half done Life connections to reading material do make a difference We ll see if she ll try others.

    22. This is a fictional account of a young native girl who leaves the reserve to attend a Residential School There are some heartbreaking moments in this diary I thought parts of this fictionalized diary were a but sanitized, but still well worth reading.

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