Little Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer 

Little Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer, is an uplifting story of an Indigenous girl living in a big city, and how she stays connected to her heritage. When Little Wolf has to move from the country to a big city, she longs for something familiar and has a sense of unbelonging. She looks for ways within the city to feel connected to nature and the animals around her, as this brings her comfort. When other kids at school tease her because of her heritage, Little Wolf howls as she does at the moon, and the children run away. As she grows, she learns more about her culture and roots as well as other cultures from around the world and develops pride and confidence in who she is.  

Adeline is busy learning about our Indigenous peoples.

Little Wolf is a heartwarming story that helps to encourage children to be proud of who they are. Even when Little Wolf is removed from all things familiar and doesn’t feel as though she fits in with other kids, she is determined to create her own path, learn about her culture, and stay connected. She does this through the help of her family, reading, and making connections with animals. Little Wolf shows children that no matter where they are in the world, they can always find ways to keep their own culture alive. 

Heritage House Publishing is based in British Columbia, which publishes a variety of genres each year. Since the beginning, they have had a special focus on publishing titles that support and promote the history and culture associated with Western Canada.  

Teoni Spathelfer is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal BC. Since childhood, she has loved immersing herself in her own culture and learning about other cultures around the world. Spathelfer has worked as a publicist; a radio journalist, host, and producer; and an arts and music writer. Her documentary Teoni’s Dream, informed by her mother’s residential school experience, has aired nationwide on CBC Radio. Her photography has been featured across various media and sold privately. She has been blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren. She lives in Sooke, BC.

Natassia Davies is a Victoria-based artist and graphic designer and is of Coast Salish ancestry from WSÁNEĆ territory. For nearly a decade, Natassia has worked traditionally and digitally to create illustrations, develop visual brand identities, and design various other visual communications tools for local businesses, individuals, and non-profits. She also works with other First Nations Peoples and Indigenous groups to create educational tools and public art pieces. Natassia has collaborated on multiple large-scale Indigenous murals that can be found throughout Sooke and Victoria’s harbour.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Heritage House; New edition (Sept. 14 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1772033804
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1772033809

Children's Picture Book Reviewer

Melanie is the Children's Book reviewer at The Miramichi Reader. She is a mother to two young children Adeline (5 years) and Harlow (3 years). She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Dalhousie University and previously worked as a Radiological Technologist before deciding to pursue a career in health insurance administration. She enjoys sewing, crafting, and going on adventures with her family. Having lived in all three maritime provinces, Melanie now raises her daughters with her husband in Moncton, NB.