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★ 2016 Governor General's Literary Award Winner
★ 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Finalist
★ 2018 Sakura Medal Picture Book Nominee

"A thing of beauty." --The New York Times

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

Highly recommended for every kid growing up surrounded by pavement, steel and concrete.” - The Globe & Mail

"A haunting modern day fairy tale.”  - Publisher’s Weekly


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?

  • Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books 2016
  • Finalist of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Prize 2017
  • Nominee of the 2018 Sakura Medal for English-language picture books (Japan)
  • Short-listed for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2016Selected for the TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016
  • Selected for the Toronto Public Library's First and Best List 2016
  • Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection 2016
  • Selected for the CBC Best Books of 2016 
  • Long-listed for the Green Earth Book Award 2017

Available for purchase at your local, independent bookstore (CAN or USA) or through the publisher, Groundwood Books. It is also available at Indigo and Amazon

For signed copies, please contact me.