Book cover for Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell

Nicola I. Campbell


Kim LaFave

Book Summary

In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.

She spends her last days at home treasuring 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. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.

Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss — a loss that Indigenous Peoples have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

Indigenous, Residential schools

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Groundwood Books
Book Category