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Groundwood Books

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
By (author): Danielle Daniel
Danielle Daniel


Groundwood Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (US) K - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Aug 01, 2015
$16.95 CAD
Out of print


7.38in x 6.25 in | 0.66 lb

Page Count:

40 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015, Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016, Commended Blue Spruce Award 2017, Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016, Winner CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens 2016, Commended

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.

Danielle Daniel, writer, artist and illustrator, is Métis. She was inspired to write Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox to encourage her young son to connect with his Aboriginal roots. It won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and has been selected as one of the New York Public Library’s Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing. A schoolteacher for many years, Danielle now paints and writes, and she is completing an MFA in creative writing through the University of British Columbia. She has published a memoir, The Dependent, and her second picture book, Once in a Blue Moon, will be published in the fall of 2017.

Danielle lives in Northern Ontario.

This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own). - Kirkus Reviews

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

The stylized masks, soft colours and big eyes of the children convey a seriousness, almost an otherworldliness, to the animal/human relationship. . . . Haunting and thought-provoking. - Toronto Star

The ideas inside unfurl outside the pages into readers’ own imaginative worlds. - Boston Globe

A stunning glimpse into the traditions of the Anishinaabe culture. . . . Highly recommended. - CM Magazine

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