Mia and Ben are the very best of friends. They live side by side at the edge of a great, wide lake. Together they sail, swing, and sing. But what they love doing most of all is making paper planes. They dream of one day being able to make a plane that can fly all the way across the lake! But Ben has terrible news: he and his family are moving far away. How are Mia and Ben going to stay best friends if they're going to be so far apart? And will flying paper planes ever be the same again without Ben?
From the author and illustrator team who gave readers The Snow Lion, gorgeous illustrations accompany a gentle story about long-distance friendship that is filled with magic and imagination.
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.