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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

by (author) S.J. Okemow

Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Native Canadian, Parents, General, Seasons
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


A debut picture book that celebrates self-love, care, and resilience with one of the most widespread plants—the dandelion.

Both a love letter to the dandelion and a call to love ourselves in a difficult world, Âmî Osâwâpikones reminds us that we are not defined as others see us. Following our young protagonist and the dandelions through the seasons, we are reminded that we are resilient, we are healers, we are funny, and we are loved.

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

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