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My Heart Fills With Happiness / Ni Sâkaskineh Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih
Dual language (English & Plains Cree)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Julie Flett Translated by: Mary Cardinal Collins
9781459820180 Paperback, Picture book Cree, English, Translated from: English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings Sep 18, 2018
$6.95 CAD
Active 7 x 7 x 0.13 in 24 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
 
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2017, Winner Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended Girls of Summer Reading List 2017, Commended Global Read Aloud 2018, Commended Indigenous Literature Award 2018, Short-listed
A celebration of what makes us happy.

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.littledrum.com.

Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

"It is a fantastic toddler book that celebrates family and heritage and would be valuable in any collection, especially those of First Nations heritage." - Raising Mom blog

"Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures." - Kirkus Reviews

"An excellent board book for every baby Canadian." - The Toronto Star

"[A] light, warm and utterly charming book...Highly recommended for families, parents of young children to share with them and to begin conversation and sharing about emotions." - Resource Links

★ "Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections...Flett's quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people...The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries." - School Library Journal—starred review

"A celebration of aboriginal culture...but also universal in its message: sometimes it's the simplest things that lift our spirits highest...[The book] is beautiful in both its appearance and its intention." - Quill & Quire

"A comforting board book offers young children the opportunity for reflection, and for affirmation, too. Moments of happiness tucked into each and every day celebrated here include time with family, self-expression, and the natural world." - Cooperative Children's Book Centre

"A board book that leaves you feeling cheerful and appreciative of those small moments in life that bring one joy. Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults...Short, first-person phrases...revel in both solitary and familial activities...Flett's (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences." - Publishers Weekly—starred review

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