My Heart Fills with Happiness: Nijiikendam

Orca. Sept. 2020. 32p. Board $10.95. ISBN 9781459825390.
PreS-K–The concept of happiness is explored in both English and Anishinaabemowin. The phrase “My heart fills with happiness” begins the book and is repeated a few times throughout. Most of the text is a single sentence about an activity that brings joy. Bold, richly colored illustrations in a folk style fill one page, while one or two small drawings of an item from the picture are on the text page. “I drum” shows a child sitting on a man’s lap as they both tap drumsticks on the top of a drum, with a small drumstick drawn beneath the text. A variety of Indigenous children and families are shown enjoying their daily lives and activities. The book ends with a child viewing a reflection in a mirror and the question, “What brings you happiness?” providing an opportunity for further discussion.
VERDICT Charming in its simplicity, this is a great reminder of what can be found every day in our lives.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing