Cherry blossom and paper planes

Jef Aerts, 1972-

Book - 2020

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 t...o 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.

Saved in:

Children's Room Show me where

jE/Aerts
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
Children's Room jE/Aerts Checked In
Subjects
Genres
Children's stories Pictorial works
Picture books
Published
Edinburgh : Floris Books 2020.
Edition
[U.S. edition]
Language
English
Dutch
Item Description
First published in Dutch as Kersenhemel by Em Querido's Uitgeverij in 2017.
Physical Description
42 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 28 cm
ISBN
9781782505617
178250561X
Main Author
Jef Aerts, 1972- (author)
Other Authors
Sanne te Loo (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Quiet, polished gouache-and-pen spreads of cherry orchards and winding European streets soften the story of dear friends Dina and Adin ("They grow like twin cherries/ from the same stem"), who are forced to say goodbye to each other. Adin's mother, who has been picking fruit on Dina's family's farm, decides to move to the city, and Dina and Adin's days together ("They drew on each other's cheeks with cherry juice") come to an end. Adin has brown skin and Dina's is white, a difference reflected in illustrations by Dutch artist Loo (On the Spot), but not the text. The two remain friends, and find impish ways to continue their project of planting cherry pits in cracks and crevices everywhere, with astonishing (and not quite credible) results. Belgian writer Aerts sets his story about deep friendship, gracefully translated by Lawson, against a backdrop of natural beauty. The age of the main characters and their sophistication ("Self-picked and self-spat out," Dina says about the cherry pits she gives to Adin) may appeal to readers on the upper end of the stated age range. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—This Dutch import depicts two young friends who live in a rural village surrounded by cherry orchards. Their relationship is upended by Adin's family's move to the city. Separated and lonely, they each plant cherry seeds to lead the way to the other, and a touch of magical realism in the resulting cherry blossoms creates a beautiful path for their friendship. The artwork, hand-drawn with pen and gouache, uses soft pastels and lush spreads that follow the spare text. Though a testament to friendship that plays out all over the world, the story has a dated and distinctly Northern European feel. Some elements feel discomfiting in terms of racial and socioeconmoic dynamics. Dina, who is white, lives at the top of the hill in a big house, and brown-skinned Adin lives at the bottom, in a travel trailer: "Adin's mother worked on the farm picking fruit." Adin's family moves suddenly, for a better life that in classic storybook fashion is instantly realized, and the friendship continues despite the barriers, but readers are unlikely to feel a connection to the characters or their situation. VERDICT A rural European setting and lack of cultural insight limits the audience for this attractive tribute to childhood friendships. An additional purchase.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Adin and Dina are best friends who love to plant cherry stones around their little village in the countryside. Then one day Adin and his family move to the city. Will their friendship survive the new distance between them? A touching story of resilient friendship and the power of nature. As the starred review in Kirkus noted, “Aerts’ story resonates honestly and clearly with reassurance that friendship can weather changes and bridge distances. Memorable and visually rich.” Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Adin and Dina are best friends who love to plant cherry stones around their little village in the countryside. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will their friendship survive the new distance between them?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A touching story of resilient friendship and the power of nature from an multi-prize-winning author, with a sprinkling of magic.