A Garden Called Home

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$18.99  $17.66
Tundra Books (NY)
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9.2 X 11.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
JESSICA J. LEE is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author, environmental historian, and winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the Banff Mountain Book Award, and the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She has written three books of nature writing for adults, Turning, Two Trees Make a Forest, and Dispersals, and is co-editor of an anthology about dogs titled Dog Hearted. Jessica teaches creative writing at the University of Cambridge and lives in Berlin, Germany.

ELAINE CHEN's love for art began when her mother enrolled her in an art class back in Hangzhou, China, before immigrating to Toronto, Ontario, at the age of ten. Elaine went on to earn her Bachelor of Animation from Sheridan College. She recently illustrated the picture book My Day With Gong Gong, written by Sennah Yee, which was nominated for a Blue Spruce Award and was named a Kirkus and CBC Best Book. Elaine currently works as a video game artist and children's book illustrator in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"This beautiful story of love, resilience, and family will appeal to readers of all ages." --STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"[A] heartening reminder to hold on to our inherited seeds wherever we go, allowing them to bloom in all the places we come to call home." --STARRED REVIEW, Quill and Quire

"Chen captures the beauty of both settings and the emotions of the main characters in a series of colorful, expressive gouache paintings. Lee writes with sensitivity for both the child and the mother. An encouraging picture book, particularly for other children of immigrants." --Booklist

"An endearing tale about the importance of fostering love and connection--no matter where home is." --Kirkus Reviews

"[A] tender familial narrative. . . . Lee's lovable characters, portrayed with pale skin and dark hair, organically introduce the natural world into the story line, and Chen's digitally edited gouache illustrations depict the impact of getting to know its diversity." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] delicately told and sensitive story that revolves around an evolving mother-daughter relationship through which it explores two complementary themes that pertain to the experience of immigration." --Canadian Review of Materials