This is a unique picture book for kids about a topic that is very different yet is very important for kids to become aware of and that is the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals.
In this book, twelve young speakers explain why they identify with a creature such as a fox, deer, beaver, or moose.
The illustrations are soft and colourful. They show the children in animal masks, while the text on each page creates a series of simple poems.
The author’s purpose for writing this book is to explain the importance of totem animals in Anishinnaabe culture and how they can also act as guides for young children.
This is a book that will be read and reread by kids and adults alike.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth