Thursday, November 12, 2009


by Nicola I. CampbellKim LaFave (Illustrator)

  • Pub. Date: September 2005
  • Publisher: Pgw
  • Format: Hardcover, 32pp
  • Sales Rank: 731,795
  • Age Range: 4 to 7


Shi-shi-etko just has four days until she will have to leave her family and everything she knows to attend residential school. She spends her last precious days at home treasuring and appreciating 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. Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.
LaFave’s richly hued illustrations complement Campbell’s gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss — a loss that native people have endured for generations because of Canada’s residential schools system.

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Shi-shi-etko has only four days left before she is taken to residential school. Each day a member of her family takes her out to remind her to remember her culture.

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