A beloved toy fox becomes lost, tattered, repaired, and loved for his imperfections


A beloved toy fox becomes lost, tattered, repaired, and loved for his imperfections. Golden Threads is inspired by the Japanese art form of kintsugi, or golden joinery, where broken pottery is repaired with resin painted gold. Kintsugi values repairing, rather than replacing, believing that the cracks give the broken item its story. This book is also a warm celebration of wabi-sabi, the Japanese idea that there is beauty in things that may be incomplete or imperfect.


  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2021
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2021
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read 2022
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection 2020


"A beautiful story of healing and strength. "

- Kirkus Reviews

"Here author and illustrator combine forces to effortlessly convey the Japanese art of kintsugi. .. Sato’s illustrations use cut paper to tell this delicate story and they are truly remarkable. "

- Youth Services Book Review

"An inspiring cross-cultural message showing that our experiences make us stronger. "


"Encourages children to find beauty in imperfections and strength in adversity. "

- Foreword Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

"The fox’s transformative adventure invites discussion about empathy, how to overcome difficulties, and the idea that one doesn’t need to be perfect to be loved. .. This book will find an eager audience with readers of all ages. "

- School Library Journal – STARRED REVIEW

"Golden Threads is softly stunning, visually and in its storytelling. ..Sweet, kind, and loving, a lovely book about getting lost, healing, and coming home. "

- Andrew King

"With engaging onomatopoeia, lyrical text, and a universal story of enduring friendship, belonging, and the kindness of strangers, Golden Threads will appeal to many readers... Golden Threads is a sweet, tender tale to be pored over and cherished."

- Canadian Review of Materials

"The little details are full of charm and delight. Readers will want to return to the book again and again."

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"[Del Rizzo] reminds her readers that brokenness can lead to finding greater strength, and our imperfections are what make us even more beautiful."

- Mighty Village