A local duo is releasing a children's book this Sunday, November 17, that teaches the importance of giving and minimalism. 

As the biggest season for gift-giving and purchasing approaches, Eva Klassen, author and Leanne Thiessen, illustrator, challenge the status quo on the idea that materials can bring happiness. 

The book, Fox in a Box reminds readers to focus and appreciate the people they love more than the accumulation of things. 

Klassen says, “I realize it’s a bit of a contradiction to sell a product promoting the idea of needing less things. But I’ve slowly come to terms with it. We created a book with what I believe is a really important message considering the effects of climate change and our role in that."

Made with one hundred per cent recycled paper and vegetable-based ink, this book is made to withstand the years, wear or tear, and to be passed down. 

"It was written, illustrated, designed and printed locally - something I’m really proud of," Klassen says.

Fox in a Box truly demonstrates the value of others and their needs. It works to teach kids to not rely on items to fuel their happiness. 

The duo is making a splash with this collaboration. This is the first published book for the long-time writer, while Thiessen is the illustrator and owner of Paper Canoe, an art and stationery company. 

The book launch takes place at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Sunday, November 17, from 2 to 3 p.m.