Kookum's Red Shoes

Kookum's Red Shoes

Book - 2011
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The legacy of the residential schools is conveyed with respect and imagination in this illustrated story for young readers. As the elderly Kookum remembers the experiences in her youth that changed her life forever, we see what was lost in her life, and how goodness persisted.

Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba : Pemmican Publications, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781894717540
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 21 x 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dawson, Sheldon - Illustrator


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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

Kookum, a grandmother, tells her story of being forcibly taken away from her family as a child to live at a residential school. Memories of the bright red shoes that her mother had lovingly bought for her help to sustain her through a harsh and strict life very different from the one she had known at home. The book vividly portrays in words and often very harsh cartoon-like images a "sad chapter in Canadian history" when more than "150,000 children were separated from their families and communities".

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