Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik LappanoTokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano

Tokyo Digs a Garden

byJon-Erik Lappano, Kellen Hatanaka

Hardcover | March 1, 2016

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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.

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 an...
Title:Tokyo Digs a GardenFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.38 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:11 × 8.38 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554987989

ISBN - 13:9781554987986

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply beautiful this book is beautifully illustrated, and has a wonderful message! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Wonderful book with valuable messages. Good for kids and adults
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Great story and beautiful images
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tokyo Builds a Garden Tokyo Builds A Garden is so beautifully illustrated. My daughter loves to pour over the pictures and then she loves the story too. There is so much to notice and so much to discuss. It really makes the reader (child and adult) think about the importance and nature and how a balance must be struck in the modern world.I recommend this one as a gift to a teacher, a parent or a child!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for nature-lovers Simply gorgeous, and the story had our kids laughing at Kevin the cat and his quest for ice-cream, while fascinated by the beautifully written and imaginative tale where the city is taken over by a wild garden. So much detail to look at on every page, and an important lesson that resonated with us.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! imaginative story, stunning illustrations, and an important message to share about the balance between urban and wild our place within it all :)
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! imaginative story, stunning illustrations, and an important message to share about the balance between urban and wild our place within it all :)
Date published: 2016-03-24

Editorial Reviews

". . . 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