Walking with her mother on the way home from school one day, Lily runs straight into a gruff and untidy-looking man selling papers on the street. Frightened, Lily insists on taking the bus home every day for fear she will run into him again. But when the weather turns cold, Lily starts to see the Paper Man differently; she sees his bare toes through the holes in his boots and his thin shirt through the holes in his coat. As she lies in her warm bed at night, she wonders about the Paper Man and how he stays warm. Lily comes up with an idea and overcomes her fear.
|Publisher:||Second Story Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Upjohn, Rebecca. Lily and the Paper Man.New York: Second Story Press, 2007. In this very heartwarming book a little girl steps out of her own personal comfort and shows compassion for a homeless paper man on the a snowy cold street. This story will help children to understand that it is good to help others and to be grateful for their own blessings. The watercolor illustrations are so precious (especially the paper man's reaction to her kindness). The characters are very human and repond just the way people do, which makes this mstory even more appealing. Age Group: 4-9 years.
Lily is a little girl who walks home from school with her mother everyday, until she sees the Paper Man. She becomes frightened of the homeless man who tries to make a living selling papers for $1.00. After that they take the bus home each day. When winter comes and the first snowfall beckons, she wants to walk again. When she sees the paper man she notices that he is not very well dressed and he is not wearing socks, she can see his toes through the holes in his shoes. She asks her mother about him and she is told that he does not have warmer clothes and they are lucky to have so much. This starts her thinking. After a few days she is able to gather up or buy clothes, socks, a hat, scarf and mittens. She introduces herself to the paper man and finds out his name is Ray. She gives him everything in her bag, even her quilt that her grandma made her when she was little. both Lily and Ray are happy with this solution. What a wonderful way to teach children about homelessness, compassion and social justice. It shows that anyone, no matter how young can make a difference if they set their mind to it. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.