SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A FOX
I wrote and illustrated a book called Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox published by Groundwood Books. Buy it from your independent book store or you can order it here in Canada or here everywhere else. Please visit www.groundwoodbooks.com to view their full list of beautiful books.
In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.
In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.
2016 WINNER of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
2017 Shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award
2016-2017 FINALIST for the First Nation Communities Read Award
2016 TOP Recommended Reads TD Summer Reading Club
2015 Selected for the 49th Shelf Favourite Pictures Books of the Year
2016 Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens
2016 Recommended Reads
2015 Selection for '100 Notable Titles of the Year for Reading and Sharing' New York Public Library
"Every so often a picture book comes along that is so beautiful in its simplicity it breathes a pocket of stillness into our busy lives and inspires thoughtful reflection long after the final page is read... Reminds readers of the importance of critical self-reflection and of our connection to the animal world — two ideas worth championing at any age." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own)." Kirkus Reviews
"The ideas inside unfurl outside the pages into readers’ own imaginative worlds." The Boston Globe
"The stylized masks, soft colours and big eyes of the children convey a seriousness, almost an otherworldliness, to the animal/human relationship. This is informative — but it’s also haunting and thought-provoking in its orientation to the animal world." The Toronto Star
"Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox is lovely and captivating and can so easily reach beyond the gorgeous artwork and natural similes to draw readers into discussions of family and clans, of spirit guides and of introspection and self-awareness. An amazing feat for “just” a little picture book." Can Lit For Little Canadians
Selected as one of the"Most Anticipated Fall 2015 Books for Young People" 49th Shelf
"An ideal instructional resource for aboriginal and non-aboriginal students alike, this book can be used to introduce young children to indigenous traditions or advance older children's understanding of aboriginal culture through classroom discussion" The Manitoba Library Association
Great Canadian Picture Book CBC
Aboriginal History Month at 49th Shelf
CBC Holiday Gift Guide CBC BOOKS
Holiday Gift List 2015 Another Story Bookstore
Please check often as dates will be added. Exact times will be added at least a week before event.
BOOK READINGS/SIGNINGS (2017)
Reading Trail: Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. Read & Hike. Grand Opening: May 7th, 2017
FOLD: Brampton Public Library, May 7th, 1:00-2:00pm
FESTIVAL OF TRESS: May 16th, Toronto
Join me for a workshop with Willow Dawson called 'Foxes and Wolves and Bears Oh My!' as talk about the inspiration behind our Blue Spruce Nominated Books and our personal connections to the animals and totem animals within. Kids will then draw and write about their own favourite animals!
* More details here about the festival here.
BOOK READIINGS/SIGNINGS (2016)
Koffler Centre for the Arts: Sunday, April 17th (180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON)
Reading Town Canada: April 30-May 6, (Sudbury Rainbow District School Board, ON)
Greater Sudbury Public Library (South End): August 9th, 10:30am
Greater Sudbury Public Library (Copper Cliff): August 25th, 6:30pm
BOOK READINGS/SIGNINGS (2015)
Downtown Art Crawl: December 3rd, 5-9pm (98 Edmund St. Sudbury, ON)
Koffler Centre for the Arts: November 21, 1:00-4:00pm (180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON)
Another Story Bookstore: November 20, 5:00-6:00pm (315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON)
Fibre Arts Festival: October 18th (Public Library, Espanola, ON)
Chapters Book Store: October 3rd (Sudbury, ON)
Tour on the Fringe Art Tour: September 26-27 ( Sudbury, ON)