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Groundwood Books

Shin-chi's Canoe

Written by Nicola I. Campbell • Illustrated by Kim Lafave

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published July 13, 2020 | ISBN 9781773065571
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

Cover of Shin-chi's Canoe

Regular price $16.95 CAD

40 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Shin-chi's Canoe

Nicola I. 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 I. Campbell

Nicola I. Campbell is is an award-winning author of children's books who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kim Lafave

Kim LaFave has illustrated many award-winning books for children. He lives in Roberts Creek, British Columbia. Visit Kim LaFave's website:

Awards and Praise
LaFave's digitally colored pencil sketches contrast the austerity of boarding-school life with the natural beauty of the children's home.
  • Short-listed Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book, 2008
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration, 2008
  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Express, 2009
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), 2009
  • Winner TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2009
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