Lily and the Paper Man

Author:  Rebecca Upjohn Copyright Date:2007
Illustrator:  Renné Benoit
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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.

CM Review

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

Shining Willow nominee 2009

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