Before I start this review of sorts, I feel like I should preface it.
Please don’t use the term “spirit animal” unless you are Native Indian/First Nations. Just as you wouldn’t go on the Hajj unless you are Muslim, you don’t get a spirit animal unless you are Native Indian/First Nations.
There. I said it.
Now let’s move on to this delicious picturebook.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Groundwood Books
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox “introduces the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals.” (In Anishinaabe, the word totem/doodem means clan.) In the author’s note Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animal to the Anishinaabe and gives us a glimpse of the incredibly beautiful culture of the people.
The picturebook will work wonderfully to introduce children to the Anishinaabe and yes, teach them respect. I know the temptation will be there to let children pretend to have their own totem animals but this can also be taken as an opportunity to teach them why they ought not to appropriate. Here are a few pages from the text if you are not yet convinced that you need this book in your library, classroom, or collection.