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publisher: Second Story Press

Lily and the Paper Man

by Rebecca Upjohn, illustrated by Renne Benoit

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homelessness & poverty, values & virtues
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list price: $15.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2007
ISBN:9781897187197
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

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.

About the Authors
Rebecca Upjohn has worked herding sheep, photographing buildings, selling books, releasing trees and producing a short film. Rebecca's first book, Lily and the Paper Man (Second Story Press), was published in 2007. Visit www.rebeccaupjohn.com for more information.
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Renné Benoit is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. She has won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Award. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Reading age:
5 to 8
Awards
  • 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
Editorial Reviews

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.

— Toronto Star

This story is very moving. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy so that you can furtively wipe your teary eyes while reading this book to your child! A bottle of water might help too (for when you get all choked up). Now, admittedly, tears and tissues may not be something you look for in a book for young children, but this story’s message – and the way it is conveyed – is too important to miss out on...The images in this book are worth special note. Benoit’s illustrations are warm, dazzling even. The first illustration is of a pigeon being sheltered in the rain by a newspaper (foreshadowing the Paper Man’s vulnerability to the elements). Through Benoit’s illustrations, we are drawn into Lily’s enjoyment of her surroundings. She splashes in puddles with her purple rain boots, she catches snowflakes on her tongue as the wind swirls around her, and she snuggles under her quilt with her doll in her comfy-cozy room. We also see Ray from Lily’s perspective: scary at first, then distracted by the cold, then warmed by Lily’s thoughtfulness...This book, however, is not simply about giving and sharing; it is also about making a connection with the people one encounters. Lily introduces herself to the Paper Man, we learn his name (Ray), and they shake hands. You will be very proud of Lily as you read this book and – accompanying the teary eyes and lump in your throat – is the stunning image of Ray’s very broad smile and watery eyes at the end of the book.

— Kidding Around Toronto-website

The sensitive text and matching illustrations blend well to create a story of making a positive difference in our world today.

— CM Magazine

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.

— Booklist

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.

— Sarah's Stars website

The emotion and candor captured by this story are brought to life in Benoit’s soft yet bright watercolors.

— Canadian Children's Book News

A gentle story about the value of compassion.

— Midwest Book Review

This tale is perfect for reminding children about helping those less fortunate than themselves.

— The Chronicle Herald

A thoughtful story of a child's initial encounter with the existence of poverty and homelessness.

— ForeWord Magazine

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.

— ForeWord Magazine

The book is neither saccharin nor preachy and avoids clichés, like one person can 'make a difference.'

— Counterpoise

This sensitive, gentle tale with its bright, visceral illustrations is about homelessness and one child's reaction to the reality of it.

— The Globe and Mail

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Lily and the Paper Man

Lily lives in a neighborhood where everyone is friendly and familiar. But that all changes when she crashes straight into a homeless man selling newspapers on the street. Terrified by his bedraggled appearance and growling voice, Lily avoids him from that day on… until the first snow fall. Then Lily starts to notice just how cold he looks in the icy winter air, shuffling from foot-to-foot with his bright red ears and thin, torn clothes, and slowly she realizes that she can do something to help.

In her debut picture book, Lily and the Paper Man, Rebecca Upjohn does a remarkable job of realistically portraying an important social issue through the eyes of a child. Lily’s candid observations, innocent questions, and genuine empathy transform a nameless and threatening stranger into a member of the community. Engaging, heartwarming and sincere, this story unobtrusively delivers a message of shared human compassion, while showing readers of all ages how a single child can make a difference.

The emotion and candor captured by this story are beautifully brought to life in Renné Benoit’s soft yet bright watercolors. Benoit’s portraits add another layer to the text, brilliantly capturing the characters’ subtle emotions.

Lily and the Paper Man is a great choice for parents and teachers alike in opening the conversation on, or merely drawing attention to, this important but difficult topic.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2008. Vol.31 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Lily and the Paper Man

A young girl encounters a homeless man living near her home. After overcoming her initial fear, she feels compassion and helps him by giving him warm clothes.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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