Groundwood Books

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Written by Jon-Erik Lappano • Illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka

For kids 3 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987993
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment

Cover of Tokyo Digs a Garden

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 11.00 in × 8.38 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Jon-Erik Lappano • Kellen Hatanaka

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.

Awards and Praise
In this haunting modern-day fairy tale from newcomer Lappano, nature, long pushed out of a city, pushes back.
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2017
  • Long-listed Green Earth Book Award, 2017
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books, 2016
  • Short-listed Sakura Award, 2017
  • Commended TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Short-listed Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2016
  • Commended Toronto Public Library's First and Best List, 2016
  • Commended CBC Best Books of 2016, 2016