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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: homelessness, compassion
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2007
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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.

Canadian Children's Book News
"In her debut picture book, Lily and the Paper Man, Rebecca Upjohn does a remarkable job of realistically portraying an important social issue through the eyes of a child Ö The emotion and candor captured by this story are beautifully brought to life in RennÈ Benoitís soft yet bright watercolors."


CCBC Best Books  | 2008 | Commended
Blue Spruce nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Blue Spruce nominee  | 2008 | Long-listed
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award  | 2007 | Winner
Governor General's Literary Award - Children's Illustration nominee  | 2007 | Long-listed
SYRCA Shining Willow nominee  | 2009 | Short-listed

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