Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“A lovely story of friendship near and far. The illustrations are breathtaking and enhance the story immensely. Subtle nods to differences in race and class—and how they can mean little to children but have greater implications—will make good discussion points for older readers, but anyone who has ever moved or had a friend move away will appreciate this story. Incredibly captivating.”
— Tildy Banker-Johnson, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA
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.