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Mr. Hiroshi's Garden

Maxine Trottier, Paul Morin (Illustrator)


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White Raven Award of the International Youth Library winner, 2000

A CCBC Our Choice Book

Recipient of The Storytelling World Honor Title, 2000

Notable Book, Social Studies, Children's Books Council

"I will take care of your garden, Mr. Hiroshi," I offered.

He smiled. "That would give me great comfort, Mary," he said. "The koi are greedy, you know. Do not let them get fat." We watched the bus drive away.

For Mary, too young to fully understand about war and far-off places, the promise was meant to last only until Mr. Hiroshi came back. But after a while it was clear that her friend wouldn't be coming home. Still, Mary faithfully kept her word all through that long summer. And when the new people came to live in Mr. Hiroshi's house, she knew exactly what to do.

A tale as elegant as a Japanese garden

Once more, Maxine Trottier takes a small piece of a larger story, nurtures it with care, and grows a tale as elegant as a Japanese Garden. Mr. Hiroshi's Garden is a simple story of innocence and friendship set against a backdrop of fear and suspicion. A story that must be told and told again-but never allowed to recur.

Originally published as Flags.

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 9781550051520, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2006

About the Author

A prolific writer and educator, Maxine Trottier makes history come alive in picture books and novels for young readers. Her award-winning titles include Claire's Gift, The Paint Box, and Prairie Willow. Maxine's books have earned the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and twice the Ontario Woman Teacher's Federation Writing Award. Born in Michigan, Maxine is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and makes her home in Port Stanley, Ontario. Paul Morin is an accomplished painter, sculptor and musician is also the illustrator of a number of children's books. He has also received 25 international awards for his book illustrations. In addition, Paul has won many accolades for his work, including ten awards from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators, and a nomination for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Morin now lives near Rockwood, Ontario.