Sometimes I Feel Like a River

Sometimes I Feel Like a River

Written by: Daniel, Danielle
Illustrated by: Bisaillon, Josée
ages 3 and up / grades P and up

Following the huge success of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this companion book is a lyrical celebration of our relationship to the natural world.

In each of twelve short poems, a child tells us how or why they feel like the sun, a river, a mountain, a cloud, the rain, a forest and more. Their deeply felt connections and identification with these wonders point to how much we are all part of the natural world. Each poem comes to life through vivid, playful illustrations that show the children immersed in their surroundings. The book serves as a gentle call to action — to notice, appreciate, preserve and protect our environment, while delighting in all its beauty. 

A mindfulness activity — A Mindful Walk or Roll — invites young readers to use their senses to experience their surroundings to the fullest. Includes a brief author’s note that highlights our connections to the natural world.


Key Text Features

author’s note

illustrations

poems

procedural text


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5

Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Following the huge success of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this companion book is a lyrical celebration of our relationship to the natural world.

In each of twelve short poems, a child tells us how or why they feel like the sun, a river, a mountain, a cloud, the rain, a forest and more. Their deeply felt connections and identification with these wonders point to how much we are all part of the natural world. Each poem comes to life through vivid, playful illustrations that show the children immersed in their surroundings. The book serves as a gentle call to action — to notice, appreciate, preserve and protect our environment, while delighting in all its beauty. 

A mindfulness activity — A Mindful Walk or Roll — invites young readers to use their senses to experience their surroundings to the fullest. Includes a brief author’s note that highlights our connections to the natural world.


Key Text Features

author’s note

illustrations

poems

procedural text


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5

Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 7, 2023
Specifications 32 pages | 8.25 in x 10 in
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Guide
Written By

DANIELLE DANIEL is an award-winning author and illustrator whose journey into artmaking and book publishing has gone hand in hand with all she has learned—and continues to learn—about her Indigenous ancestry and her relationship with the land. Her picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award), Sometimes I Feel Like a River and Once in a Blue Moon. She has also written novels for children and adults. Danielle lives on Manitoulin Island with her family.

Illustrated by

JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than forty picture books, and she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award four times. The Snow Knows by Jennifer McGrath won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was a finalist for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Josée has also illustrated Martin and the River by Jon-Erik Lappano and Out into the Big Wide Lake by Paul Harbridge. She lives with her family near Montreal, Quebec.

Written By

DANIELLE DANIEL is an award-winning author and illustrator whose journey into artmaking and book publishing has gone hand in hand with all she has learned—and continues to learn—about her Indigenous ancestry and her relationship with the land. Her picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award), Sometimes I Feel Like a River and Once in a Blue Moon. She has also written novels for children and adults. Danielle lives on Manitoulin Island with her family.

Illustrated by

JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than forty picture books, and she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award four times. The Snow Knows by Jennifer McGrath won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was a finalist for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Josée has also illustrated Martin and the River by Jon-Erik Lappano and Out into the Big Wide Lake by Paul Harbridge. She lives with her family near Montreal, Quebec.

Audience ages 3 and up / grades P and up
Key Text Features

author’s note; illustrations; poems; procedural text

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

From feeling like the sun rising early and shining one's light on the earth to feeling like thunder as one booms and roars, these beautifully written poems incorporate onomatopoeia and other elements of figurative language to showcase how and why we are connected to marvels of the world. Jose Bisaillon’s imaginative, vibrant illustrations—rendered in a mix of soft and wax pastels, cut paper, colored pencils, gouache, charcoal and digital art—dance across each double-page spread with a playfulness and simplicity that perfectly complements each poem. 

” —School Library Connection

This refreshing series of poems reminds us of the natural world we live in and creates a longing to walk amongst the trees and to lie on one’s back and ponder the sky.

” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Sometimes I Feel Like a River establishes Daniel as a leading author in the mindfulness genre, a growing group of titles focused on helping kids understand their emotions and fall in love with their environments.

” —Montreal Review of Books

Daniel and Bisaillon's splendid collaboration proves to be a powerful invitation to breathe in the great outdoors.

” —Shelf Awareness

These lyrical verses encompass an arc of of emotions for each natural setting.

” —Canadian Children’s Book News

A gentle call to action to protect and appreciate our environment. 

” —Quebec Library Association