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.--from the publisher
40 pages 978-1554987504 Ages 4-8
Keywords: First Nations, Canada, United States, indigenous people, animals, nature, culture, understanding others, finding yourself, identity, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old
Editor's Note: "Anishinaabe is the autonym for a group of culturally related indigenous peoples in what are now located in Canada and the United States. These also include the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe (including Mississaugas), Potawatomi, Oji-Cree, and Algonquin peoples."