Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
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.
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.