I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay DupuisI Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

I Am Not a Number

byJenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist, and speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education. Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about Indigenous issues through literature...
Title:I Am Not a NumberFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.3 × 8.8 × 0.5 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927583942

ISBN - 13:9781927583944


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Story I loved this book! It’s a perfect book for any child, teen, or even adult to read and become educated about the realities Aboriginals faced in residential schools. It’s a quick and easy read, but packs a powerful punch.
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History A well-written story about difficulties while going through the residential system. Challenges the Canadian narrative. Important to read to get a better understanding of history.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful and real history This story telling is exactly what our nation needs to be able to accept and create real change for the future. i'm glad I picked this book up. you should too.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Challenging the Canadian Narrative This book is so insightful, compelling and a very true reminder for the need to rewrite the supposed Canadian narrative that the government was trying to conceal. As an elementary educator, this is a story I will definitely introduce during Indigenous discussions with many cross-curricular connections. The book discusses a very sensitive and controversial topic but one that is needed to encouraged future generations of students to understand and reconcile with members of Indigenous communities. Nicely done!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important Story to Share with Our Children We need to share difficult stories with our children. We ned to share diverse books and stories so our children realize that the world is so much bigger than their world at the moment. We need to share stories written by First Nations authors so that they can speak to us in their own voices to share with us their culture and their experiences. In I am Not a Number, Jenny Kay Dupuis teams with Kathy Kacer to share the story of her Granny's residential school experience. The isolation, fear, mistreatment, and anger are all clearly conveyed to give all Canadians a picture of what life was like for First Nations children for far too many decades. It's a non fiction picture book, illustrated by Gillian Newland, which reads as a story making it very accessible. This book is long and describes some of the punishments received at the hands of those meant to be caregivers. I would say that this is a book to share with your older children, grade three and up. That being said The Bear, who is six, has picked it up and read it and has asked some thoughtful questions about it so it certainly can be shared with younger children, just be prepared for questions and explanations to help them understand. Published by Second Story Press. A book that belongs in every school library in Canada. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from boo This book teaches children a lot about life's struggles. It is an amazing read
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, touching This book beautifully shares a girl's story of residential school, and is so helpful in understanding the perspective of a person who has experienced this event. A must have read for anyone who seeks to have a better understanding of the history and experience of residential schools in Canada.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough to read but so important Picture books are excellent ways to introduce tough topics for young readers. This is a moving retelling of Ms. Dupuis' grandmother's story that will allow readers to begin to understand what Residential Schools did to their students and will hopefully lead them to explore more into the topic and the recommendations of the TRC.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful! A must read for all Canadians. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I am a Canadian ESL teacher, and this is a really visceral way for me to help my students understand the issues of residential schools. The story is told in a way that is so haunting and you can really feel a connection to the author. A must read.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story about important part of our history This was an excellent read and a book that should be in all classrooms. The story of Jenny's grandmother is something I wish didn't happen and something all Canadians need to be aware of. The residential school system was horrible and this book brings in a wide range of emotions. The illustrations are amazing and bring out the story.
Date published: 2016-09-29

Editorial Reviews

Endless cross-curricular connections can be made using this story. But the most powerful aspect of this book is that it will open a dialogue, one that Justice Murray Sinclair spoke of as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a dialogue that needs to take place for reconciliation to happen. - ETFO Voice