Groundwood Books


Illustrated by Kim Lafave • Written by Nicola I. Campbell

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published July 03, 2005 | ISBN 9781554982332
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian

Cover of Shi-shi-etko

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.10 in × 8.40 in
Digital Format

About this book


Kim Lafave • Nicola I. Campbell

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.

About the Creators

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.

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.

Awards and Praise
...a timely publication...Campbell has written the story in a gentle poetic style.
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), 2006
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2006
  • Long-listed Chocolate Lily Award, 2006
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2006
  • Winner Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year (Co-Winner), 2006
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2006