These two already classic picture books tell the stories of Shi-shi-etko and her brother Shin-chi who, before leaving for residential school, are trying to collect tokens of memory in which they can find comfort during their long absence from home.
Shi-shi-etko cherishes her home. In the days leading up to her departure for residential school, she does everything in her power to commit the natural beauty and her family's ways to memory. By the second book, the safety of home is replaced by the hardships and horrors of residential school. Taken from their culture and stripped of their identities, Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi look to memories of their past to find strength and courage. One of the darkest moments in Canadian history is presented to children in a relatable and and warmly illustrated picture book duo.