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.
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.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..
TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN will resonate with many urban children and their parents who may seek the rural outdoors whenever possible.
. . . a thing of beauty.
The text is neither too simple nor too complex but just what is needed to relate this imaginative tale of environmentalism.
In this haunting modern-day fairy tale from newcomer Lappano, nature, long pushed out of a city, pushes back.
The resulting absolutely delightful sustainability-manifesto is made even more stupendous with Hatanaka’s witty, entertaining, sly illustrations . . .
A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions.
Kids of all ages will respond to the deep messages embedded in the fertile soil of Tokyo Digs A Garden.