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Shin-chi's Canoe
By (author): Nicola Campbell Illustrated by: Kim Lafave
Nicola Campbell ,

Illustrated by :

Kim Lafave


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Aug 01, 2008
$18.95 CAD


8.13in x 8.5 x 0.41 in | 0.72 lb

Page Count:

40 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book 2008, Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2009, Winner Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 2008, Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2009, Short-listed OLA Silver Birch Express 2009, Long-listed
  • Short Description
Shi-shi-etko is about to return to residential school, but this time she is not alone — her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too.

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.

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.

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.

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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