The Rooted Garden
"Un jardin merveilleux". First published in France in 2020 by Éditions du Rouergue.
Rights sold: French, Korean, Russian, Estonian
Shortlisted for Estonia's Cultural Endowment Annual Award for Literature (Best Children's Book) 2020
About the Book
Once, a little tree was growing in a big forest. The tree enjoyed being around others like him. But one day a chainsaw arrived, and the little tree was forced to flee. After an arduous journey, he came to a wondrous garden with long, smooth paths and very unusual flowers and trees that grew in orderly rows. All of them had deep roots. “That’s what counts the most,” they told the little tree. They allowed him to stay in their wondrous garden, but only if he swept away everything else that was rootless. What choice did the little tree have, especially when the big birch threatened to whip him otherwise? Soon, a bird landed in the garden – one who believed that roots are not what matters most, but something else entirely.