Groundwood Books

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Written by Kellen Hatanaka • Written by Jon-Erik Lappano

For students in grades PK - 3 | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987986
JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 11 in × 8.375 in
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About this book

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Kellen Hatanaka • Jon-Erik Lappano

Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books

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.

About the Creators

Kellen Hatanaka

Kellen Hatanaka is a designer and illustrator who lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Kiersten. He is also the author and illustrator of Work: An Occupational ABC and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites..

Jon-Erik Lappano

Jon-Erik Lappano is an environmental educator, storyteller, and creative producer with curiosity and love of all things wild. He lives in Guelph, Canada, with his young and growing family. This is his first book.

Awards and Praise
  • Long-listed Green Earth Book Award, 2017
  • Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Commended Toronto Public Library's First and Best List, 2016
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2017
  • Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books, 2016
  • Short-listed Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016
  • Short-listed Sakura Award, 2017