This beautiful board book serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy
Product Code: 8339
ISBN: 9781459809574
Format: Board book
Publisher: Orca Books
Published Date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 24
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Price: $9.95

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.


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"A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults...Short, first-person phrases...revel in both solitary and familial activities...Flett’s (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences." Publishers Weekly

"A board book that leaves you feeling cheerful and appreciative of those small moments in life that bring one joy. Recommended." CM Magazine

"Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections...Flett’s quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people...The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries." School Library Journal

“A comforting board book offers young children the opportunity for reflection, and for affirmation, too. Moments of happiness tucked into each and every day celebrated here include time with family, self-expression, and the natural world." Cooperative Children’s Book Center

"[A] light, warm and utterly charming book...Highly recommended for families, parents of young children to share with them and to begin conversation and sharing about emotions." Resource Links

"Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures." Kirkus Reviews

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