Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
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January 28, 2020
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Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village – in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina's friendship survive the new distance between them?

In this beautifully lyrical book, one story fractures into two when the friends are parted. But their lives continue to be linked as Adin finds a way to feel connected to his friend – throwing paper planes filled with cherry pits from the balcony of his apartment building.

Held together by their love of cherry blossom and paper planes, Adin and Dina's roads finally lead back to one another.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes is a touching story of true friendship, resilience, belief – and a little bit of magic – illuminated with stunning artwork full of seasonal detail, light and hope.

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beautiful picture book about enduring friendship
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CHERRY BLOSSOM AND PAPER PLANES is a lovely picture book read about friendship that spans distance. Dina and Adin are best friends and love spending their days together in the orchards that Dina's father owns and Adin's mother helps harvest. They love to plant cherry pits around town, in any cracks or dirt they find. One day, Adin's mother decides to move to the city for a different job, and the two are sad to be separated. Dina gives him a bag of cherry pits, and both of them miss the other a lot. They plant the cherry pits in the direction of each other. Then, in spring, they find that a line of cherry trees connects their path to each other.

What I loved: This is a beautiful story that is told in such a lyrical way. It really rolls off the tongue and captures emotions so well. The illustrations are equally beautiful with a focus on scenery and the lush setting of the book. There are so many fantastic details on each page and the colors capture the emotions of the children, really bringing the text to life. The main theme of friendship that endures is truly poignant and so relevant for friends of all ages who may be separated by distance or time. This is really just a gorgeous book to flip through, and the writing really compliments the images so well.

The text is printed in a large font that is easy to read, and it really flows so well. This ends up being a lovely story of friends whose relationship endures separation and the beauty of it all.

Final verdict: CHERRY BLOSSOM AND PAPER PLANES is a gorgeously illustrated and lyrically written story about friendship that will appeal to a wide range of picture book readers. Perfect for when a child is losing a friend to moving, but also just a lush and lovely read to explore regardless.
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