Nijiikendam (My Heart Fills With Happiness) Book

A view from above of a young girl leaping into the air amid flowers and butterflies.

Original story by Monique Gray Smith
Translated by Angela Mesic and Margaret Noodin
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Copyright: Orca Book Publishers 2021

(Nijiikendam) My Heart Fills with Happiness is a book that reminds us to reflect on what brings us joy. Aaniin apii jiikendaman? What fills YOUR heart with happiness?

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 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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My heart fills with happiness

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