Skip to Main Content

This Wolf Was Different

Illustrated by Hannah Salyer
See More Retailers

About The Book

Inspired by natural history, this captivating picture book imagines how humans and wolves first came together, exploring individuality and how true friendship means embracing differences.

Long ago, a wolf pup was born in a forest. This pup was a wolf, and so were her brothers and sisters. But this wolf was different. She liked staying close to the den instead of hunting and chasing her tail instead of chasing other animals. She wished she were more like her siblings—more like a real wolf.

Then she meets a new kind of creature, no more like the other wolves than she is. As a new friendship blossoms, the wolf discovers that it’s okay to be different and, better yet, it’s a gift to be something new.

This gorgeously illustrated book includes extensive backmatter with scientific information about how wolves and humans first connected.

About The Author

Photo by Carolyn Nishon

Katie Slivensky is a professional science educator and enthusiast with science degrees from the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University. She is the critically acclaimed author of two middle grade novels, The Countdown Conspiracy and The Seismic Seven, and the picture book This Wolf Was Different, illustrated by Hannah Salyer. Katie lives just outside Boston with her family, including her cat, Darwin. Visit her at

About The Illustrator

Photo courtesy of the illustrator

Hannah Salyer received her BFA in illustration and communication design, with a minor in environmental studies, from Pratt Institute. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes and illustrates picture books, including her own Packs: Strength in Numbers and Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art, as well as This Wolf Was Different by Katie Slivensky. She also teaches art classes for young kids and illustration classes for undergrad students at Parsons School of Design. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (March 5, 2024)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665900959
  • Ages: 3 - 8

Browse Related Books

Raves and Reviews

"Dogs and people got together many thousands of years ago; here is one such imagined early encounter.... Speculative, but sweet."

– Kirkus Reviews, 1/1/24

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images