Kim LaFave

Kim LaFave has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.

Grandpa's Girls
Artists:
Kim LaFave
Format: Hardcover

A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa's farm. She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window, visit the Appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor's pig. The visit is also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her grandmother, Yayah, was like, and to explore the "secret room," with its old wooden trunk of ribbons, medals and photos of Grandpa in uniform.

There is a wonderful blend of fun and family history in this visit to a grandparent, and the realization that there can be some things about the people we know and love that will always remain a mystery. But above all, there's nothing like being with Grandpa.

In her two previous picture books, Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi's Canoe, Nicola Campbell worked with elders and survivors of residential schools, documenting the tragic experiences that many endured. This new book, based on her own childhood memories, is a sunny, joyful story, vibrantly illustrated by Kim LaFave.

Reviews
"Grandpa’s Girls follows a group of four cheerful Interior Salish cousins let loose on their grandfather’s sprawling B.C. farm.... The book is a vicarious pleasure for anyone who ever wished they’d once had a hay loft to swing from, a pig to tease, or a cobwebby root cellar to explore. Beyond that, it is an honest look at how kids sometimes need to experience the past in the context of the present to really understand it." - Quill & Quire 

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32 pages | 7.50" x 9.63"

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La pirogue de Shin-chi
Artists:
Kim LaFave
Format: Hardcover

Sélection Communication-Jeunesse 2011-2012

Shi-shi-etko s’apprête à retourner au pensionnat indien pour une deuxième année, cette fois-ci accompagnée de son frère de six ans, Shin-chi. Cependant, comme ils y auront interdiction de se parler, sur le chemin, à l’arrière de la camionnette à bestiaux, Shi-shi-etko lui remet une pirogue de cèdre miniature, cadeau symbolique de leur père qui représente tout ce dont Shin-chi doit se souvenir et garder secret. Ils ne reverront leur famille que lorsque le saumon rouge remontera la rivière, à l’été.
Les mois passés à l’école à apprendre des leçons, à travailleur dur et à assister à la messe sont longs et solitaires. Shin-chi a toujours faim. Pour se consoler, il se rend sur les bords de la rivière, serrant fermement sa petite pirogue et surveillant le retour des saumons.

Cette suite touchante et poétique du livre primé Shi-shietko constitue un apport important à la littérature jeunesse sur l’expérience dévastatrice vécue par les Premières Nations, au Canada et aux États-Unis, dans ces « écoles résidentielles » soutenues par l’État et dirigées par l’Église. Cette histoire enrichie d’illustrations aux somptueux coloris, repose sur des entrevues de Nicola I. Campbell avec des membres de sa famille et des aînés survivants de ces pensionnats.

? Lauréat du TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (2009)
? Finaliste du Governor General’s Literary Award (Illustrations, 2008)
? Nominé au OLA Silver Birch Express Award (2010)
? Nominé au Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book (2009)
? Sélection du Cooperative Children’s Book Center - Choices (2009)
? Sélection du USBBY Outstanding International Books (2009)

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Shi-shi-etko
Artists:
Kim LaFave
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

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 native people have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

This gentle story of a child on the verge of great loss was selected as the Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year.

Awards

  • Winner of the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award. 

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Recommended Grades: 2-10.

Recommended Authentic First Peoples resource K-9.

This illustrated children's story is recommended for English First Peoples Grades 10 for units pertaining to childhood through Indigenous writers' eyes and the exploration of residential schools and reconciliation through children's literature.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 8.13" 

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Shi-shi-etko (French)
Artists:
Kim LaFave
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

La loi l’exige : dans quatre jours à peine, la jeune Shi-shi-etko devra quitter sa famille et tout ce qui lui est cher pour aller à « l’école résidentielle », au pensionnat indien. Ces journées précédant son départ, elle observe et savoure chaque détail de son univers : la lumière chatoyante du soleil, les herbes hautes, les pierres luisantes, les têtards du ruisseau, le chant que son grand-père fredonnait en pagayant. Sa mère, son père et sa grand-mère lui transmettent tour à tour des valeurs identitaires dont ils veulent qu’elle se souvienne. Et elle se fait une promesse, celle de se souvenir.

Kim LaFave s’est appuyé sur des photographies d’archives et des discussions avec des aînés pour créer les illustrations aux somptueux coloris qui enrichissent cet émouvant récit poétique. Le lecteur fera connaissance avec une enfant qui trouve du réconfort dans tout ce qui l’entoure à la veille d’une grande déchirure, déchirure attribuable au système des pensionnats indiens dont les peuples autochtones ont souffert pendant plusieurs générations.

? Finaliste du TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (2006)
? Sélection du Ruth Schwartz Award (2006)
? Finaliste du Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) (2006)
? Nominé au Chocolate Lily Award (2006)
? Sélection CCBC Our Choice (2006)
? Colauréat de l’Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year (Ânskohk Aboriginal Literary Festival)

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Shin-chi's Canoe
Artists:
Kim LaFave
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too. As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko takes it upon herself to tell her little brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the tug of the salmon when he and his dad pull in the fishing nets. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime.

When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father. The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: 2-10.

Recommended Authentic First Peoples K-9 resource.

This illustrated children's story is recommended for English First Peoples Grades 10 for units pertaining to childhood through Indigenous writers' eyes and the exploration of residential schools and reconciliation through children's literature.

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40 pages | 8.50" x 8.13"

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