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Heritage House Publishing Spring 2021

Little Wolf
By (author): Teoni Spathelfer Illustrated by: Natassia Davies
Teoni Spathelfer ,

Illustrated by :

Natassia Davies


Heritage House - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8
May 19, 2021
$19.95 CAD


9in x 9 in

Page Count:

32 pages


full colour throughout
Heritage House
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
Indigenous peoples|Picture storybooks|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Places and peoples|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Countries, cultures and national identity|Children’s / Teenage general interest: City and town life|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Diversity and inclusion|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Prejudice and intolerance|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: First experiences and growing up|Interest age: from c 6 years

A young Indigenous girl moves to the big city and learns to find connections to her culture and the land wherever she goes, despite encountering bullies and feelings of isolation along the way.

When Little Wolf moves to the big city with her mom and sister, she has difficulty adjusting to their new life. She misses living close to nature and seeing animals wherever she goes, and she misses fishing with her grandfather and seeing dolphins leaping beside their boat. Most of all, she misses feeling connected to her culture.

At school, Little Wolf has trouble fitting in. Although her class has kids from many different cultures, no one is Heiltsuk, like her. The other kids call her names and make her feel unwelcome. Her only defence is to howl like a wolf so they run away. But this only isolates her further.

Gradually, Little Wolf starts to see the beauty in her new surroundings. She discovers that there is wildlife everywhere, even in the big city. An otter swims beside her as she walks on the seawall. A chickadee chirps in a tree in the big park near her house. And her mother helps her stay connected to their culture by signing them up for beading and dance classes. Despite the difficult start, Little Wolf grows up proud of her background and ready to face the future. This inspiring tale, the first in a trilogy, combines traditional and contemporary Indigenous themes and artwork.

Teoni Spathelfer is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal BC. Since childhood she has loved immersing herself in her own culture and learning about other cultures around the world. Spathelfer has worked as a publicist; a radio journalist, host, and producer; and an arts and music writer. Her documentary Teoni’s Dream, informed by her mother’s residential school experience, has aired nationwide on CBC Radio. Her photography has been featured across various media and sold privately. She has been blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren. She lives in Sooke, BC.

Natassia Davies is a Victoria-based artist and graphic designer, and is of Coast Salish ancestry from W_SÁNEC territory. For nearly a decade, Natassia has worked traditionally and digitally to create illustrations, develop visual brand identities, and design various other visual communications tools for local businesses, individuals, and non-profits. She also works with other First Nations Peoples and Indigenous groups to create educational tools and public art pieces. Natassia has collaborated on multiple large-scale Indigenous murals that can be found throughout Sooke and Victoria’s harbour.


  • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Regional author tour
  • Electronic ARCs


  • Quill & Quire, CM Magazine, Indigenous Books for Canadian Schools, Best Books For Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book News, Salish Sea Sentinel, Windspeaker, Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, APTN, CBC Radio (North by Northwest, On the Island, All Points West, The Next Chapter, Unreserved), CBC TV Vancouver, Global BC News
  •  Outreach to BC First Nations Education Steering Committee, Authentic First Peoples Resources for Use in K-9 Classrooms


  • Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett, Monique Gray Smith, David A. Robertson, Sara Florence Davidson, Carey Newman, Paul Windsor, Shawn Hunt, Shelagh Rogers, Mark Forsythe, Wade Compton, Sherly McKay  


  • Author readings at schools and libraries (BC and Ontario)
  • Pitches to Fold Kids Book Fest, Telling Stories Festival, Victoria Festival of Authors


  • BC BookWorld
  • BC Books for BC Schools
  • Facebook Ads
  • Social media campaign via author's Facebook and Instagram feeds


  • Electronic ARC / blad
  • Bookmark
  • Press release

For more information contact
[email protected]

"Overall, this is an inspiring contemporary story for all children, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, about a Heiltsuk girl growing up and overcoming obstacles [...] by embracing her culture and ultimately being true to herself and her identity."
Canadian Children's Book News, Winter 2021

"...the strength of Little Wolf lies in how it gently moves from personal challenges towards hope and in its unifying thread of pride in one’s culture.... Recommended.""
CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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