Shin-chi's canoe /
Nicola I. Campbell ; pictures by Kim LaFave.
Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2008.
[40] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
9780888998576 (bound) :
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Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2008.
9780888998576 (bound) :
When Shin-chi and his sister go off to his first year of residential school in a cattle truck, she warns him of all the things he must not do. The days are long, he is very lonely and always hungry, but he find solace down at the river with a gift from his father, a tiny cedar canoe. It seems like a very long time until the salmon swim upriver again and he can finally go home.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Governor Generals Literary Awards, CAN, 2008 : Nominated
Review Quotes
Kim LaFave's illustrations for this book are...bold and evocative accompaniment to a powerful text.
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.
This book is an important addition to this literature with its intertwining of historical fact with an engaging narrative and evocative illustrations.
LaFave's digitally colored pencil sketches contrast the austerity of boarding-school life with the natural beauty of the children's home.
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, November 2008
Globe & Mail, November 2008
Globe & Mail, December 2008
School Library Journal, March 2009
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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-winningShi-shi-etkotells 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.

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