The Little Word Catcher

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Elise’s grandmother used to know many words, but now she seems to be losing them all the time. Can Elise help her by catching them, like butterflies in a net? This award-winning picture book offers a gentle exploration of the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Praise & Recognition

Presents metaphors and coping strategies that a young child can understand. The Montreal Review of Books
Danielle Simard has eloquently captured the whimsy of a child testing and considering a variety of answers to a puzzle. Gently told and beautifully illustrated and with an ending that is both believable and reassuring, The Little Word Catcher will offer a way to open conversations about Alzheimer's in a supportive manner...for families as yet untouched by the illness, this book can be a lovely bedtime story about the special relationship between a young girl and her grandmother. For families struggling with the changes that Alzheimer's brings about in families, The Little Word Catcher will be a gift...Highly Recommended. CM Magazine
This is an excellent book for Primary and Junior classrooms. It might also work well as a resource for a response journal for Intermediate students. The subject matter is handled with a sensitivity and depth that will likely promote further discussion among children and their teachers or parents. Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teachers)
A finely developed tool to assist children and families in understanding and accepting the erosions of Alzheimer’s disease in a beloved, familiar, mature mind and psyche. Children's Bookwatch
Danielle Simard has written a moving and sensitive story about a girl trying to make sense of her grandmother’s memory loss. Such beautiful and inspiring text with a loving and satisfying ending. Children's Books Heal
Audiences of all ages can connect to the characters’ journey to accept and understand their “new normal” through the beautiful drawings and narrative of their interactions at home and outside in nature. The topic of a loved one’s memory loss is presented in a sensitive, child-friendly context of caring family relationships. The author provides us with plenty of optimism to continue Elise’s quest with a spirit of adventure: “…I will have to find out where her words are hiding. I could catch them all with a big net…” ETFO Voice

Governor's General Award for Illustration 2007 - Winner


Publication Date: September 1, 2008

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Picture Book, Children's Fiction

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-897187-44-9

About the Author

Danielle Simard

Danielle Simard has always wanted to write and illustrate books for children. She already has created almost fifty of them, winning many awards and prizes, including the Governor General’s Award. Danielle loves visiting schools and libraries, talking to the young people who read her books. She lives in Mercier, Quebec.
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About the Illustrator

Geneviève Côté

Geneviève Côté has been drawing since she was a child. Today, her illustrations are full of mystery and charm and have been used not only in children’s books, but in prizewinning projects for adults as well. Her illustrations for The Little Word Catcher earned her the Governor General’s Award for illustration (2007). Geneviève has also written two books. She lives in Montréal.
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