- Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Awards
- Short-listed, Ontario Library Association - Blue Spruce Award
- Long-listed, Governor General’s Awards – Children’s Literature, Illustration
- Winner, ForeWord Book of the Year Award - Gold Children’s Picture Book
Walking home with her mother one day, Lily runs into a gruff and untidy-looking man selling papers on the street. Lily is afraid of the man, but when the weather turns cold, she sees the Paper Man differently.close this panel
This tale is perfect for reminding children about helping those less fortunate than themselves.
Young readers will find much to discuss as they evaluate this thoughtful story of a small child’s initial encounter with the existence of poverty and homelessness. The realistic and detailed watercolor illustrations capture Lily’s emotional journey from fear to confusion to determined resolve to improve the life of the Paper Man, whose name, she learns, is Ray...Like Eve Bunting’s classic Fly Away Home, Lily’s story makes an excellent starting point for discussions of poverty and helping others, and the age of the main character and the gentle, brightly colored illustrations add to the appeal of this story for the very young, who, like Lily, may need adult help in voicing their concerns about injustices they notice in the world.
The book is neither saccharin nor preachy and avoids clichés, like one person can 'make a difference.'
A thoughtful story of a child's initial encounter with the existence of poverty and homelessness.
I fell in love with this book not only for the message but also the exquisite illustrations... I craved having a group of children to read this book to, to show them the illustrations, see the looks on their faces, hear their thoughts about the story.
The emotion and candor captured by this story are brought to life in Benoit’s soft yet bright watercolors.
Colorful unframed pictures, created in line and watercolor, juxtapose the ragged paper man on the sidewalk with Lily, her snug home, and her fun in the rain and snow. The compassionate, realistic story will involve preschoolers, who may recognize not only that the joy of stormy weather depends on having shelter but also that they can do something besides avert their eyes from someone else’s suffering.
Of course poverty and the other social ills that lead to homelessness can't be solved with one bag of clothes, but Upjohn's straightforward tale and Benoit's nicely unromantic illustrations give kids some ideas for practical action. The story's a good reminder that even in the post-holiday season, the world needs generosity and sympathy of spirit.
The sensitive text and matching illustrations blend well to create a story of making a positive difference in our world today.
Lily and the Paper Man is an absolutely charming winter tale that will warm your heart as the cold winds blow the October cold out and welcome the November freeze in... I would give it six stars if I could but for now I shall have to content myself with five...Hopefully it will inspire others to be just as kind and generous to those less fortunate as Lily was to the Paper Man.
This sensitive, gentle tale with its bright, visceral illustrations is about homelessness and one child's reaction to the reality of it.
A gentle story about the value of compassion.