Mr. Hiroshi's GardenBook - 1999
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.
Baker & Taylor
Mary helps a neighbor, Mr. Hiroshi, in the garden and promises to take care of it when he is taken away in the midst of World War II, but when the old man does not return, she must find another way to preserve it.