visión de conjunto:Críticas Robertson's soft rhythmic text and Julie Flett's simple yet expressive illustrations combine to create a beautiful story of strength and resistance. The muted colours used in the pictures of residential school life remind readers of the suffering endured by Indigenous children. The contrast between these pages and the vibrant greens reds and blues of the illustrations depicting residential school students temporarily escaping into nature is heartbreakingly effective. Robertson never tries to disguise the underlying tragedy of Nókom's experience but together he and Flett have crafted a book that is still suitable for younger readers in spite of the intense subject matter.When We Were Alone is an incredible work of art and is very highly recommended. - National Reading Campaign-- (06/20/2017)A quiet story...of love and resistance.... Flett's collage illustrations with their simplicity and earthy colors are soulful and gentle.... All readers will connect with how Nókom lives in celebration of colors her long hair her language and most of all her family. - The Horn Book Magazine a starred review--The Horn Book MagazineWhen We Were Alone is rare. It is exquisite and stunning for the power conveyed by the words Robertson wrote and for the illustrations that Flett created. I highly recommend it. - Debbie Reese American Indians in Children's Literature.-- (09/23/2016)...Robertson handles a delicate task here admirably well: explaining residential schools that shameful legacy and making them understandable to small children. It's a dark history and the author doesn't disguise that but he wisely focuses the grandmother's tale on how season by season the students use creativity imagination and patience to retain their sense of identity. A beautifully quiet bold strength arises from the continued refrain When we were alone and in how the children insisted on being themselves. Flett's gorgeous skillful illustrations have a flattened faux naïve feel to them like construction paper collage a style that works perfectly with the story. She nicely contrasts the school's dull browns and grays with the riotous colors surrounding Nókom and gets much expression from her simple silhouettes.Spare poetic and moving this Cree heritage story makes a powerful impression. - Kirkus Reviews--Kirkus ReviewsJulie's Flett's illustrations are impeccable. The contrast between the colourful and bleak illustrations perfectly match the narrative. The relatively small size of the book makes it perfect for sharing with younger children.When We Were Alone addresses the topic of residential schools and just as importantly aspects of Cree culture and language. There is such gentleness about When We Were Alone that makes it an appropriate book for the even youngest of readers. Simply put this is a much-needed book.Highly Recommended.-;/I>--Dr. Kristen Ferguson CM Magazine Robertson's text moves between the present and the past the girl's questions and Nókom's memories which deepen and intensify the quiet powerful way she lives out her own culture day by day in the present. A beautifully rendered story of resisitance and love this is made all the more luminous by Flett's art - not just by flashes of fuschsia or scarlet among ochre grasses but by her precisely observed images of the compact bodies of the uniformed children bowed beneath the weight of the scissors or lovingly tending each other's hair. Highly recommended. -;a href=https: //www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2017/02/19/small-print-the-latest-books-for-younger-readers.html>Toronto Star--Deirdre Baker Toronto Star Done simply but with devastating clearness this is the story of a woman telling her granddaughter of her time in one of the boarding schools to which Canadian First Nation children were taken. She tells of the brutal methods used to strip them of their own cultures and how they managed to quietly but firmly resist this. The lovely illustrations further the powerful emotional clout of this important book. -;a href=https: //medinger.wordpress.com/>Educating Alice--Monica Edinger Educating Alice Flett's spring palette of warm blues and browns punctuated with splashes of red contrasts the loving moments between grandmother and granddaughter with stark winter whites and grays depicting boarding school life. The repetitive structure creates a predictable narrative; together the illustrations and Robertson's child-centred text make the boarding school experience accessible to a young audience without glossing over its harshness. Verdict: a poignant family story covering a part of history too often missing from library collections. - Chelsea Couillard-Smith Hennepin County Library MN Reseña del editor When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history and ultimately one of empowerment and strength. Nota de la solapa Indigenous family Canada residential schools love strength empowerment Biografía del autor David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award) Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category) Betty The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins) and the YA novel Strangers. David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada reflecting their cultures histories communities as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg. Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author illustrator and artist. She has received many awards including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You written by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books) and the Canadian Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Award in 2015 for Dolphins SOS written by Roy Miki (Tradewind Books) and in 2017 for My Heart Fills with Happiness written by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Books) and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Her own Wild Berries (Simply Read Books) was chosen as Canada's First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014-2015.