Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
Written by Danielle Daniel
Publication Date August 01, 2015
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.
Winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016
Selected for the 49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015
Selected for the New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015
Selected for the TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016
Short-listed for the Blue Spruce Award 2017
Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens 2016
Danielle Daniel, a mixed-media artist and writer, is Métis. She was inspired to write Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, which began as a series of paintings, to encourage her young son to connect with his Aboriginal roots. Her art has appeared in many group exhibitions and solo shows in Quebec and Ontario, and her work has been published in international art magazines. A schoolteacher for many years, Danielle now teaches art part-time in Canada and the US. She is currently working on a memoir, Collateral Damage: A Love Story. She lives in Northern Ontario.
"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 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