Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?
One day, an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. Tokyo and his grandfather are astonished when the seeds grow into a forest so lush that it takes over the entire city overnight. Soon the whole city has gone wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. But is this a problem to be surmounted, or a new way of living to be embraced?
With Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.
Jon-Erik Lappano is a person who stays up too late working on curious things, including writing books for children. His debut picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award. Maggie’s Treasure, his second picture book, was inspired by his daughters’ impressive ability to spot treasure. Jon-Erik lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his wife, three daughters, and a growing collection of things that glitter.
Kellen Hatanaka is a designer and illustrator who lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his family. He has written and illustrated Work: An Occupational ABC (an ALA Notable Children’s Book) and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites. He also illustrated Tokyo Digs a Garden, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.
. . . a thing of beauty. - The New York Times
...fantastic...Highly recommended - Andrew Kaufman, Globe and Mail
The text is neither too simple nor too complex but just what is needed to relate this imaginative tale of environmentalism. - School Library Journal, review
A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions. - Kirkus Reviews
TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN will resonate with many urban children and their parents who may seek the rural outdoors whenever possible. - CM Magazine
In this haunting modern-day fairy tale from newcomer Lappano, nature, long pushed out of a city, pushes back. - Publishers Weekly
The resulting absolutely delightful sustainability-manifesto is made even more stupendous with Hatanaka’s witty, entertaining, sly illustrations . . . - BookDragon
Kids of all ages will respond to the deep messages embedded in the fertile soil of Tokyo Digs A Garden. - Midwest Book Review
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