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  • ISBN: 0888998570
  • ISBN: 9781773061276 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780888998576
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 21 x 21 cm
    regular print
    print
  • Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2008.

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Summary, etc.: 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 alwlays 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.
Subject: Native peoples -- Canada -- Residential schools -- Juvenile fiction
Native children -- Canada -- Fiction
Indians of North America -- Canada -- Residential schools -- Fiction
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
First Nations authors.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 November #2
    Drawing on her own family s memories, Campbell tells the wrenching story of a young Native American girl, Shi-shi-etko, and her younger brother, Shin-chi, torn from their family home and forced to attend church-run boarding school and learn European ways. The picture book Shi-shi-etko (2005) was about the girl leaving home. In this more powerful sequel, her brother must come with her, and after they are loaded onto a cattle truck with the other children on the reservation, the focus is on their searing school experience, where not only are they regimented in uniforms and forced to follow Western culture, but even the brother and sister are forbidden to speak to each other. The moving free verse and clear simple pictures with thick black line and sepia shades, show the harsh school regime and loneliness, in halls that look more like concentration camp than school, the children lined up, forced to attend mass under the towering church steeple. With the detailed historical introduction that makes connections with Australia and the U. S., older readers will want this too. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
  • Horn Book Guide Reviews : Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
    Both Shi-Shi-etko and her little brother, Shin-chi, must go to the Indian residential school. Shin-chi keeps the small cedar canoe his father made tucked away, just like everything else Native about him, until they go home. The fuzzy art could have benefited from a lighter digital touch but it effectively conveys the sadness of the story. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 2008 December #2
    Shi-shi-etko (of the 2006 eponymous title) is returning for a second year to one of the Indian residential schools that the Native children of Canada were once required to attend. This year, her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, will accompany her. They are loaded into a cattle truck with many others (most of whom look to be adults), and Shin-chi is encouraged to take special note of the natural elements that must sustain his spirit until his summer return: fish, trees, mountains, waters. The children's school days are full of regulation and restriction, but Shin-chi takes comfort in the river and in the palm-sized cedar canoe Shi-shi-etko has given him as a sort of talisman. LaFave's digitally manipulated art has a film-like quality that softens his stylized, anonymous figures. Home and nature scenes are tinted blue and gold, but a palette of institutional colors is used for the school-set pages, where the children's jackets—hers red, his blue—set them apart, Schindler's List–like, from the dun masses. This gentle look at the residential school program concludes with the children's reassuring return to their loving family. (Picture book. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2009 March

    Gr 2–5—This realistic, tender story recounts the experiences of Native siblings sent to a government-mandated, church-run boarding school such as those that were common in Canada and the United States from the late 1800s until the 1970s. Hauled away with the other reservation children in a cattle truck, six-year-old Shin-chi and his older sister, Shi-shi-etko, try to memorize life at home from the "trees, mountains, and river below." Shin-chi clutches a tiny carved canoe, a forbidden memento homemade by her father. During the school year (until the sockeye salmon return), Shin-chi and Shi-shi-etko are not allowed to speak to one another and must endure the cruel treatment and restrictions forced upon Native children as they work and go to mass and to school. Hungry and lonely, young Shin-chi tries desperately to hold on to his Native traditions, sneaking out to sing his grandfather's prayer song and release his canoe in the river. LaFave's striking yet soft digital illustrations are appropriately somber and deftly capture the mood with subtle earth tones on each page. An author's introduction details the practice of sending Native children to residential schools. An accessible and important contribution to Native literature.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

    [Page 107]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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