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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780888996596
Branch Call Number: CAM
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: LaFave, Kim


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Canada - Interior Salish - Grades 2-6

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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

"Dear Grandfather Tree, please keep my memories and my family safe. I will be home in the spring." Shi-Shi-etko connects with all the treasures of her family and community in the few days before she must leave to attend residential school. The story is poetically written with beautiful illustrations.

Sep 26, 2010

A topic that is not written about very often which depicts a sad time in Canadian/American history when children were taken away from their families to be "integrated" at government-run boarding schools. Shi-she-etko is a young native girl who wants to hold on to her memories and gathers them in a little pouch to take with her to the boarding school. Beatiful dreamlike illustrations.


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A young Aboriginal girl counts down her last four days before leaving her home when she is to be sent to a residential school.

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