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Manuscript Monday: The Orange Shirt Story

On this weeks Manuscript Monday Meredith recommends The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad.

This children’s book is the true story behind the orange shirt, written by Phyllis Webstad who, at six-year-old, had her new orange shirt taken from her on the first day of residential school, never to be returned. Since then, the orange shirt has become a symbol. In Canada, September 30th is "Orange Shirt Day … in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters” (source: This book answers some of the questions asked by young kids about the origins of Orange Shirt Day while also being relatable to even the youngest children. Includes more detailed information in the back for adults, included conversation starting questions. The artwork is beautiful to boot.

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