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Tokyo Digs a Garden

by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka

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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 Authors
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.
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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..
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Reading age:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Long-listed, Green Earth Book Award
  • Short-listed, Sakura Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, CBC Best Books of 2016
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library's First and Best List
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection
Editorial Reviews

A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions.

— Kirkus Reviews

The resulting absolutely delightful sustainability-manifesto is made even more stupendous with Hatanaka’s witty, entertaining, sly illustrations . . .

— BookDragon

...fantastic...Highly recommended

— Globe and Mail

TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN will resonate with many urban children and their parents who may seek the rural outdoors whenever possible.

— CM Magazine

Kids of all ages will respond to the deep messages embedded in the fertile soil of Tokyo Digs A Garden.

— Midwest Book Review

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 thing of beauty.

— The New York Times

In this haunting modern-day fairy tale from newcomer Lappano, nature, long pushed out of a city, pushes back.

— Publishers Weekly

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