Author: Rebecca Upjohn Copyright Date:2007
Illustrator: Renné Benoit
Rebecca Upjohn creates a heartwarming story about the young girl Lily and her interactions on the way home from school. The Paper Man is a homeless man who is frightening to her. Upjohn manages the material with finesse and does not get too didactic. The story is accompanied by lovely watercolour illustrations. I particularly appreciated the positive depictions of various multicultural groups which form the fabric of Canadian society. I was a bit disappointed that Lily was portrayed as Caucasian. It would have been a great opportunity to make a different kind of statement. I suspect that was a publisher choice but I’m just guessing.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) #2 ✓ #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade: 1-3 Picture book Reading Level: Grade 2-4
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Social Studies, Health, Personal and social values
Theme(s) Topic(s): poverty, homelessness, compassion, city life
This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit ✓ Materials Read-Aloud (Gr.) 1-3