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Shi-shi-etko Hardcover – Aug 8 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (July 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888996594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888996596
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 2-6–This is a moving story set in Canada about the practice of removing Native children from their villages and sending them to residential schools to learn the English language and culture. An introduction explains that governments believed Native people were ignorant and made laws to educate their children. Shi-shi-etko counts down her last four days before going away. She tries to memorize everything about her home–tall grass swaying to the rhythm of the breeze, determined mosquitoes, working bumblebees. There is a family party to say good-bye. Her father takes her out in a canoe and implores her to remember the trees, the water, and the mountains, and her grandmother gives her a small bag made of deer hide in which to keep her memories. The vivid, digital illustrations rely on a red palette, evoking not only the land but also the sorrow of the situation and the hope upon which the story ultimately ends. This contemplative narrative will help children see how Native people have been treated in both Canada and the United States. A good choice to enhance units on Native North American cultures.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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Gr. 2-4. Using gentle rounded shapes and rich autumnal colors, LaFave captures the events that take place during the three days before a young Canadian girl must leave her home. Author Campbell's foreword explains the harsh government policies that, until 1984, separated Native American children as young as four from their parents, though her story conveys only that Shi-shi-etko, whose name means "she loves to play in the water," is going away to school. Before she leaves, the girl visits the creek with her mother, goes canoeing with her father, and collects sprigs from trees with her grandmother. The loving adults urge her to treasure these memories, and the girl looks and listens carefully. Without dwelling on the impending separation, the lyrical text is, nevertheless, poignant, as is the last picture of children in the back of a pickup truck driving away. Although Shi-shi-etko appears to be about five or six, the audience for her story will be slightly older children, who can grasp the implications of her fate and understand that the story takes place in the past. Kathleen Odean
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Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell is a powerful story because we can understand at an emotional level what it would have been like to leave home for Residential School. Shi-shi-etko's family helps her build memories in the days leading up to her departure for school, and she prays for their safety when she is gone. We recommend this book to all ages as it is easy to understand and easy to connect with. A heart-touching book with beautiful illustrations.
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This book tells the story of a brave, young girl named Shi-shi-etko who prepares herself for residential school by memorizing her culture and land. She spends the days leading up to her departure soaking up everything around her. For example, she smells the trees, tastes the berries, and feels the smooth rocks beneath her feet. She collects keepsakes from the land and puts them in a tanned deer-hide sack. The night before Shi-shi-etko leaves for residential school she places the bag underneath a big fir tree and asks the tree to protect both her keepsakes and her family until she returns in the Spring. Shi-shi-etko experiences a range of emotions including nervousness, excitement, and anxiousness, but it is clear from her actions that she does not want to forget her home and culture. The reader is left wondering how her experience will turn out.

We would recommend this book to people of all ages, those that have been effected by residential schools, and those who have experienced the heartbreak of leaving their homeland.
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The book wasn't very Iong but it captured how sad it was for people who had to send their kids to residential schools. It was very to the point when it came to how they got punished and what they did during the day.
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Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell is a mystical book that makes us think of another time and place. Shi-shi-etko wanted to go away to school but her parents and grandmother were worried that she would forget her culture and where she came from. Each of them took her for a day to help her to not forget the water, the land, the animals, the wind and her traditional songs. Her grandmother, Yayah, spent the day passing on her teachings. Shi-shi-etko was determined to remember it all. The way the artist depicted the illustrations complimented Shi-shi-etko and her story, one like so many other's.
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I would give this book 4/5 stars. It is a book that is great for any age. It describes the experience of getting ready to leave for residential school. Shi-shi-etko is a young child and her family takes time to help her remember the land, her culture, traditions and way of life before she goes to school. Overall this books perspective of residential schools is fairly positive which is refreshing because residential schools illicit alot of negative feedback. Shi-shi-etko actually experiences excitement to go on this journey.
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