Emma Bland Smith is a librarian and writer living with her family in San Francisco. This is her first book for children. She has written a nonfiction book for adults, San Francisco’s Glen Park and Diamond Heights (Arcadia), has contributed to Sunset and other magazines, and writes for the family website Red Tricycle.
Finalist for the Washington State Book Award!
"This accessible and engaging picture book is an empowering account of a conservation success story."
"James’ realistic, finely detailed paintings glory in every hair of the wolves’ fur...environmental good news invitingly presented."
"The book aims to raise awareness about wolves, and a feeling of connection with their survival."
“This is a fabulous book to help open up discussions with kids about conservation and wildlife.”
—Outnumbered 3 to 1
“[Teaches] that it's possible even for kids to make a difference.”
“Captivating and heartwarming…Animal lovers will howl with joy.”
“[A] marvelous story of determination, self-actualization, empathy, and sheer resolve in nature’s ability to survive.”
—Kid Lit Reviews
“[Journey] has enormous power.”
—Librarian in Cute Shoes
“An extraordinary trek.”
“Suggestions for further reading, maps, timelines and other resources are icing on this picture-book cake.”
“[A] compelling story.”
“A must read for all.”
“[An] inspirational and moving work of art.”
—Picture Books Help Kids Soar
“[Will] inspire kids to keep reading and…to learn more about the natural world around them.”
—Lu & Bean Read
“Young readers can follow the historic trek of a famous wild gray wolf.”
—Alaska Airlines Magazine
“A beautiful picture book.”
—A Novel Idea
"In sharing the book with groups of readers, Smith said she is struck by how they react once they 'make the connection that Journey is real.'"
"A young girl follows the wolf’s journey and, along the way, learns about issues around the re-introduction of wolves. It’s an opportunity to engage young readers beyond the story."