Story & Illustrations Inspired by Anderson Japanese Gardens


The Koi Who Became a Dragon is a children’s book based on the ancient legend of a brave koi who just wouldn’t give up.  Inspired by Anderson Japanese Gardens this book makes the beautiful lessons of the Garden compelling to readers of all ages.  Join Gerald-san, the friendly koi, as he negotiates a world of herons, waterfalls and unexpected six-legged friends- all captured in gorgeous original watercolor.  The artist and illustrator spent a whole summer in residence at Anderson Japanese Gardens to compose this book.  You won’t be disappointed!

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About the Author


James Zwerneman is an award-winning writer and illustrator living in Florida.  He studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins and earned his MFA in Fiction from UC Irvine, where he won the Henfield prize, a prestigious award given to just five MFA students in the nation.  After growing up in a big family (the oldest of five), he is proud to have worked on two well-regarded children’s book series: The Adventures of Ta and Boddington, and The Japanese Garden Series.  He is currently writing a historical novel about China.