The White Ox: The Journey of Emily Swain Squires (Hardcover)

The Journey of Emily Swain Squires

By Ruth Hailstone, Dan Burr (Illustrator)

Calkins Creek Books, 9781590785553, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009



Emily Swain Squires was so tiny at birth she would have fit in a teacup. Now she is ten years old and feels just grown up enough for her first big adventure. Emily will leave her family behind in England and travel the sea and across a continent to Zion, her new home in America. But Emily will discover that big adventures can leave you feeling small all over again. And sometimes you need a friend to help you get home. Author Ruth Hailstone based Emily's story on family accounts. Dan Burr's well-researched paintings capture Emily's determined spirit during her long and difficult journey to her new home.

About the Author

Ruth Hailstone was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and studied English at Brigham Young University. She writes and directs musical productions for local church and community organizations and homeschools her eight children. She lives with her husband and family in Cedar City, Utah. Dan Burr was raised in northern Utah but went east to start his career as an illustrator. He returned to the West with his family and settled in the Teton Valley of Idaho, where they live today. He has illustrated a number of books for young readers, including Pirates, a collection of poems by David L. Harrison.