This story is about a girl named Dani (Dah-nee). Dani is the Potawatomi word used to describe affection toward a beloved or special daughter. So, Dani represents not just the special love we share with our human families but also our special status as the beloved children of Creator and of Earth, who was made by Creator to be our mother. I hope you enjoy getting to know Dani in these pages.
Dani touches a frost-
covered branch on the
oak tree in her yard.
Winter, or bbon
, is coming in a few days.
Her family will light a fire, or shkodé
think about the darkest night of the year.
Many of her friends are afraid of the dark, but not Dani.
The dark feels like a hug, and winter is a time for cozy hugs.
The dark of winter reminds us to rest—even the bears rest in winter.
Copyright © 2023 by Kaitlin B. Curtice; Illustrated by Gloria Félix. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.