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Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Groundwood Books
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Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
Dedicated to all the Indigenous and Metis people that grew up not knowing their totem animal, Danielle Daniel 's illustrated children's book takes readers through several different animals. There is some significant information at the back of the book.I felt that the vocabulary was suitable for grade 2-4 and the pictures were large and colorful. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most kids’ books about feelings get it wrong. They tell kids what a feeling is by telling them when to feel it. Fear is what you feel at night when you’re alone in your room. Sadness is what you feel when your ice cream falls on the floor. In an effort to make feelings comprehensible, they deny the subjective nature of feelings and the fact that we all feel many things at once.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox is a very different kind of book about feelings. Daniel, who is Metis, draws inspiration fro
Kristen Scott Ndiaye
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What animal on this Earth do you connect with? Why? Danielle Daniel guides children to answer this question and explains the cultural tradition of the Anishinaabe totem animal in this beautifully illustrated book. Wearing crafted masks, we hear children explain why they identify with awesome creatures such as a deer, a butterfly or a wolf -- a quiz that can be related to by children both inside and outside of the Aboriginal sphere.

The book, along with the illustrations is poetry, starting with "
Dani (has moved to The StoryGraph & Readng)
I do not often write book reviews on Goodreads, but this book was so beautiful -- both in writing and in illustration -- that I had to remark upon it. Stunning.
Sara Cook
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations with sweet descriptive poems.
Mama Bibliosoph
For my son Harry, who loves animals, there was an immediate attraction to this book. I worked with him on how to pretend to be each animal and act out something in each description. For the above example, he flaps his arms to fly like the owl, puts his hand against his brow and pretends to look in the distance for "watching," and cups his ear for "listening." His pretending may be scripted and rigid, but I think these are the kinds of scripts he needs to learn to be more socially imaginative.

Introduction: This book is written by Danielle Daniel and is part of the Anishinaabe tribe. This tribe has an important tradition. Let’s look at the note she wrote to explain this tradition. (Read Author’s Note). The children compare themselves to animals using the phrase ‘Sometimes I feel like a…’ When two things are compared using the word like or as it is a simile. Look at the cover. Why do you think this girl says ‘Sometimes I feel like a Fox’? Listen to the similes to find out how each chil ...more
Cathryn Wellner
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Danielle Daniel has created a lyrical, enchanting introduction to Anishinaabe totem animals. Each page of text begins with, "Sometimes I feel like a fox" or each of a dozen animals, followed by a brief explanation of what that totem animal represents.

The beautifully designed and illustrated book, by one of Canada's finest children's book publishers (Groundwood Books) deserves a place on every child's shelf. Not only does it introduce children to the concept of totem animals, specifically those
Cheriee Weichel
The illustrations in this book are truly gorgeous. Danielle Daniel, is Metis, but was raised without connection to her culture. She wrote this book for her son to help him connect with his Anishinaabe roots. It shows paintings of children in different animal masks that reference different animal totems. An author's note at the end tells us more about the significance of these totems. I was a bit confused because it seemed in the book that children were choosing their own totem, while in the Anis ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet, beautiful introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition on totem animals.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on a whim and am so grateful I did. The illustrations are delicate and playful. The vocabulary is complex for small children but can invite opportunities for adults to connect children with that language. The description of the totem system and how knowledge of it within the community was damaged by residential schools is clear and offers a great gateway into those discussions with kiddos.
Jennie Chantal
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Pretty significant risk of non-indigenous readers culturally appropriating totems based on the book. I expected a note about this at the end but there was nothing. As others people have said it does nothing to stop kids from “playing Indian”.

Otherwise I loved it. Beautiful art and great for kids to think about changing feeling states.
Eva Kelly
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
So what I didn't like about this one the FIRST time I read it is that it's about all these OTHER animals and there I just thought it'd be about FOXES. Right?
But then I read it again and I figured out what this guy was up to. It's that this girl feels like a fox sometimes, and a bear sometimes, and a moose and a turtle and a porcupine and all these other animals sometimes, too. It all depends on her mood. So I get that.
But it probably would've been better if they just called it "Sometimes I Feel
In this small book from Canada, twelve different animals including a bear, a turtle, and a fox serve as totems to represent how twelve different individuals feel. For instance, one relates to a raven--"both messenger and secret keeper" (unpaged). The lovely illustrations complement this short introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition in which individuals are associated with a certain animal clan. I like this gentle reminder of how there are elements of all these animals within each of us, but we ...more
Jill MacKenzie
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. Besides the illustrations being absolutely stunning, each one its own little work of art, the story is a sweet and powerful introduction to totem animals as it explains to young children how each person has an animal in his soul, accounting for certain desires or behaviors. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox showed my little girl that, on any given day, she can feel the spirt of many animals--some days she is innocent and curious like a porcupine, wh ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With beautiful artwork and spare, simple poetry, this book introduces the reader to animal totems (or doodems) from the Anishinaabe people. I could see myself using this book in a storytime about animals, a storytime about emotions, or even an "all about me" storytime. A brief author's note at the end provides useful cultural information. ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book weaves together personal associations with various totems (animals that represent different family groups in indigenous cultures) accompanied by stunning illustrations of children mingling with representations of their chosen totem. Lyrical and eye-opening, I only wish there were more pages and pictures.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the winning book of the year in our region. I went to a workshop and the presenter had been a judge on the panel. He had permission to share the book with us. All of us can be many different things, with our different moods and no one mood or type is good or bad, they just are... and each of us can be all of them.
Ties in to Aboriginal content as well.
I like this book for an exploration of feelings, simile, metaphor, and imagery. After reading Dr. Debbie Reese's critique of the book, I understand how the book trivializes the importance of the Anishinaabe clan system and totem animal traditions. The book might encourage children to perform at being "Indians." ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for all kids, lovely watercolour illustrations and a unique concept (helping First Nations kids identify with their totem animal, although I think all kids can relate, regardless if their heritage).
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
loved this book! So good to see more childrens books written from First Nations perspectives. Great way to explore different animals and emotions/characteristics.
Faris had just read it in class and enjoyed it.
Karina Lamontagne
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this while following the Chickadee Loop at Lake Laurentian Conservatory Area trail. Beautiful story describing the totem animals' characteristics thats easy to follow even when following the short trail. ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful collection of "totem animals" with thoughtful descriptions. Not your usual picture book, really lovely...a work of art. ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The art is cool, but also kind of creepy.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A sweet introduction to spirit animals. Mine is a moose.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I always feel like an animal
This is a lovely picture book that might be a good starting point for research or discussion about totems.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is an excellent way to introduce children (and adults!) to totem animals, and to what they represent.
Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, and the perfect introduction to totem animals.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I came across this book seeking out children's books by Indigenous authors. The artwork is bright and fun and the totem animals as they relate to us are sweet and inspirational. ...more
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