International Rights

Long Way Home, A

By: Jean Little
Illustrated by: Gabrielle Grimard
  • ISBN 9781443170918, Hardcover
  • 32 Pages | Ages 4 to 8
A warm story about friendship and migration from the incomparable Jean Little.

Jane and Maya are very different. Maya is a quiet girl and a refugee, new to this country, while chatty and outgoing Jane has lived in the same place her whole life. The girls become instant friends. When they learn about endangered species in school, they decide to do their own small part to help by supporting migrating monarch butterflies.

Together they plant a milkweed garden to feed and shelter the tiny creatures, then watch in amazement as a monarch hatches and grows before leaving on the long journey to Mexico. After all the butterflies have departed, Maya shares her own migration story — her family’s long journey to Canada. Maya wishes the monarchs safety in their new home too.

In her heartwarming final story, Jean Little weaves a simple tale of childhood curiosity into larger themes of immigration, friendship and the wonder of the natural world.

A true gift of a story from a Canadian treasure.

Rights Sold

French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

• Jean Little is a treasured giant of Canadian literature.
• With the recent influx from Syria and elsewhere, refugees are familiar to young readers and a topic of interest to them.
• Monarch butterflies are often taught in schools as examples of lifecycles and migration.
• Today’s children are keenly aware of and concerned about endangered species and the environment.


  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top Recommended Read, 2023
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2022