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Groundwood Books

Shin-chi's Canoe

Written by Nicola Campbell • Illustrated by Kim Lafave

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published August 01, 2008 | ISBN 9780888998576
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

Cover of Shin-chi's Canoe

Regular price $18.95 CAD

40 pages | 8.130 in × 8.500 in
Print Format

About this book

Shin-chi's Canoe

Nicola Campbell • Kim Lafave

Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration

This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too.

As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko tells her brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the salmon. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime. When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father.

The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.

About the Creators

Nicola 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.

Awards and Praise
  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Express, 2009
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), 2009
  • Winner TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2009
  • Short-listed Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book, 2008
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration, 2008
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