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.
LaFave's digitally colored pencil sketches contrast the austerity of boarding-school life with the natural beauty of the children's home. - Book Links
Kim LaFave's illustrations for this book are...bold and beautiful...an evocative accompaniment to a powerful text. - Globe and Mail
LaFave's striking yet soft digital illustrations are appropriately somber and deftly capture the mood with subtle earth tones on each page...This realistic, tender story [is] an accessible and important contribution to Native literature. - School Library Journal
This book is an important addition to this literature with its intertwining of historical fact with an engaging narrative and evocative illustrations. - CM Magazine
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