Cover Image: Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

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This is such a beautifully written and illustrated book. The message of not being defined by how others see us is such an important one, especially for young children today. This sweet story reminds us that we are who we are and we should never change because of what others think. Seeing the beauty in things is an amazing thing.

I love seeing more and more indigenous representation in children’s fiction. There is always such a strong and powerful message, like this one, and it’s always a guaranteed it will be a beautiful book.

This quick read speaks volumes and is definitely being added to my children’s shelf when it is released.

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This book was a delight. It makes me happy to see more picture books for children written by Indigenous authors and with Indigenous representation in the characters. There are some books that seem to glow from the moment you open them and this was one of those books. It may not be on the best seller list, but it brought such joy to my heart as I read it. This is a celebration of self-love, self-care, resilience and finding our inner power.

The main character is the dandelion. Widespread, simple, and often misunderstood or misrepresented, the dandelion makes a perfect stand in for human beings in the text. When a dandelion blooms it flourishes, even in the most challenging situations. The photos show how dandelions are used to bring happiness too, being braided into a child's hair by an Indigenous mother. This subtle nod to the culture of Native Americans and the importance of braids was a beautiful moment of cultural representation. The dandelion seeds blow away and whirl through the air like the young girl dancing. Strength and bravery are a focus. Lessons are learned about facing challenges with patience until it is time to bloom.

A reminder of our inner strength, making our own way amongst the difficulties of life and embracing who we are and taking our time to grow and bloom when we are ready, Osâwâpikones reminds us that we are beautiful in our own way even if others may not see that beauty. We are loved by our friends and family and that is where we find our roots and our power.

The authors note at the end delves into the view of dandelions as a weed, the beauty of nature and how we attempt to rid our lawns of dandelions, how they are seen as a nuisance, and it all ties into Native Americans reclaiming their own heritage after having it nearly be stolen from them.

A must read.

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Another beautiful picture book to teach children the importance of Mother Earth, and a book where our Indigenous children can see themselves represented. Throughout this story you will find beautiful pictures by a well-known illustrator that many of us will recognize. I love the incorporation of Plains Cree language throughout, and that there is more information on these words at the end of the text. The only thing that may be even more helpful is adding the pronunciation of each word.

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Âmî Osâwâpikones / Dear Dandelion (Hardcover)
by S.J. Okemow
created at the Banff creative center this book explores the native Cree interpretation of the invasive plant that came with the Canadian settlers in the 1600's to the area. How they adapt and use the plant in their ability and culture. The pictures are beautiful and remarkable in their cultural ideology. The story is beautiful.

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