Emi and Fox are inseparable, living peaceably in the mountains under a ginkgo tree. That is, until Fox is whisked away during a storm. Fox is “lunged and lurched and plunged” until he finally lands, far from home. Tattered and torn, he is found by Kiko, who wonders, “Who is missing Fox?” Kiko cleans Fox and then tenderly mends him with tiny gold threads. Seasons pass, and then one fall a tiny gold leaf leads Kiko and Fox back to Emi and the ginkgo tree under which it all began.
This gentle story is about being “grateful, restored and loved.” This story finds itself connected to the philosophy of wabi-sabi and the art of kintsugi, both Japanese ancient concepts of finding beauty in the broken and imperfect. (Ages 4 – 12) (Owl Kids Books)