Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes – Jef Aerts, illustrated by Sanne te Loo

  Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes – Jef Aerts, illustrated by Sanne te Loo, Floris Books, 9781782505617, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This sweet story is about a special friendship that continues after one child moves away. In this story, we meet Adin and Dina, who both live on a farm. Dina lives in a house on the top of the farm and Adin lives at the bottom of the farm with his mother who is a worker at the farm. Their days are spent enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the fruit farm–and enjoying much of the fruit as well. One day, Adin tells Dina that his family is moving into the city for his mother’s new job. This makes them both sad and they try to make the best of the time they have remaining. Once the move occurs, both Dina and Adin miss their special friendship, however, both have found the same way to pass the time. Both Dina and Adin love to plant cherry pits in the tiny nooks and crannies between the farm and town. After several long months have passed, they notice a trail of cherry blossom trees between the farm and town. And, as Adin’s mom said, “A trail  is meant to be followed.”

The illustrations provided by Sanne te Loo are absolutely beautiful–especially the beautiful landscape of the fruit farm and the cherry blossom trees blooming in the spring.

 Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? While reading this book, the first thought that came to me was that this would be a perfect book for a child who is moving, or even going to another school and might be missing some special friends.  This shows that any friendship a child has does not need to end just because of a move. This book reminded me of Miss Rumphius in how she planted flower seeds around town.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and seven. 

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, a beautiful story with equally beautiful illustrations.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: December 9, 2019


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