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Written by Nicola I. Campbell

Illustrated by Kim Lafave

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888996596
  • 8.100" x 8.400"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / New Experience


Publication Date July 03, 2005

Winner of the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award. Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.

She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world -- the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather's paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.

Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss -- a loss that native people have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

Winner of the Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year (Co-Winner) 2006

Short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2006

Long-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award 2006

Short-listed for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2006

Short-listed for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2006

Selected for the CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) 2006


Nicola I. Campbell
Nicola I. Campbell is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.

Kim Lafave
Kim LaFave has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.


"...a timely publication...Campbell has written the story in a gentle poetic style." Resource Links

"LaFave places a child in modern dress...within landscapes whose strong, curving lines evoke subdued but intense feelings underlying this poignant tale of taking leave." Kirkus Reviews

"The text is poetic and the story is gentle." Canadian Children's Literature - CBRA

"This is a gorgeously illustrated story...The lyricism of Nicola Campbell's prose makes the point that such pristine experiences can and should be held in memory." Canadian Literature