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Groundwood Books


Written by Nicola Campbell • Illustrated by Kim Lafave

For students in grades P - 2 | Published July 03, 2005 | ISBN 9780888996596

Cover of Shi-shi-etko

Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.1 in × 8.4 in
Print Format

About this book


Nicola Campbell • Kim Lafave

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 Indigenous Peoples have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

About the Creators

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