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Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

by (author) S.J. Okemow

Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
English Language Arts, Science
Grade Levels
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Descriptive Review

Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion), is a richly layered resource suitable for story appreciation, fostering science connections, and exploration of virtues. As a story for young children, it can be read as a beautifully illustrated narrative of a girl’s love of dandelions. This book is also suitable for exploring themes of resilience, generosity, kindness, and courage. The reader can observe the cycle of dandelion life throughout the year, along with the surrounding habitat. Readers of all ages can notice and appreciate the variety of wildlife embedded in each illustration and connect it with seasons and ecosystems. Hints about the benefits of dandelions are provided through the text “spring healer” and illustrations of dandelion soup, and the ever-present bee can provide opportunities for further learning. Nehiyaw and Eastern European author and illustrator, SJ Okemow, has included language translations and pronunciations as well as an author’s note.

Other End Matter: Glossary, pronunciation guide, author's note
Images: Colour illustrations
Contributor Affiliation: Author and Illustrator SJ Okemow (Nehiyaw)
Bibliography: No
Index: No

Source: Books BC - Indigenous Books for Schools

About the author

SJ OKEMOW is a Nehiyaw and Eastern European multidisciplinary artist. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Toronto.

S.J. Okemow's profile page


  • Commended, Best Bets, OLA
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“A playful, lyrical, and persuasive love letter to a dandelion . . . This tribute to a precious flowering plant will capture readers’ hearts.”

Kirkus Reviews, 03/29/23