Mia is sad and thinks of Ben often. One night she has a dream where they can fly in their planes together. The next morning, she finds a box, from Ben with a note that connects them across the distance.
What I loved: This is a softly illustrated book that conveys a sweet story of friendship and loss. Perfect for situations where children may have to lose a friend to a move, this book encourages children to enjoy their friendship and find new ways to connect. The story is told gently, with a clear and large font that make it easy to read aloud. I also appreciated that Mia is a child of color, adding some diversity to the characters in the book. The premise and continued theme of planes is also a really fun one.
Final verdict: Overall, PAPER PLANES is a lovely story of friendship across distances. Children who have experienced the sadness of their friends moving away will appreciate the ultimately hopeful story about continued connections.