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Lily and the Paper Man by Rebecca Upjohn

Lily and the Paper Man (2007)

by Rebecca Upjohn, Renné Benoit (Illustrator)

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At first, Lily is afraid of the paper man whom she sees on the way home from school, but when winter comes and she sees that he has no warm clothes, she tells her mother and father that she has an idea.



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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. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
The main character of this book is a young girl named Lily, in the beginning of the book she meets a man who sells papers on the street while walking with her mother and she is afraid of him. Day after day she sees the paper man and notices new things about him, after a while she realized that he is not a scary person, he is just a poor man with no extra clothes nor a home. Lily spends time thinking about how to help, and she eventually compiles a large bag full of warm items for the man. She delivers it to him, she becomes happy when he is warm smiling.
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  Jessica5858 | Mar 4, 2018 |
I thought this was a really cute book. Lily notices a man that looks like he is cold but looks scary. She is frightened by him but he continuously smiles at her. She finally notices that he looks so cold and talks with her parents about it. She ends up finding and giving clothes to him to keep him warm. I think this is a really good book to inspire kids to be selfless and to remember others. This is more of a fantasy book that teaches good morals. ( )
  rprado14 | Oct 19, 2016 |
Lily always enjoyed walking home from school with her mother, until the day she encountered a scruffy-looking older man, selling newspapers outside of Mrs. Chan's store. Terrified by his unsmiling face, growling voice, and unkempt appearance, Lily began to opt for the bus, in order to avoid this frightening "Paper Man." But then one snowy day, enchanted by the winter wonderland around her, Lily decided to walk home again, and (bumping into the Paper Man) noticed some things she had overlooked before. Like how thin the Paper Man's clothing was, how tattered and full of holes; like how cold he looked, standing outside with his papers. Why wasn't he wearing any socks?, she asked her mother. The answer set Lily to thinking - about how fortunate she was to have a safe, warm home, and about what she could do to help the Paper Man...

This lovely little picture-book addresses some very serious problems - poverty, homelessness, childhood fears - in a gentle, sensitive way, offering a realistic and respectful depiction of the issues, without veering too far into the traumatic. Lily's feelings of fear are natural, but so too is her desire to help, once she overcomes that fear, and Upjohn captures both very nicely in her narrative. Renné Benoit's beautiful watercolor illustrations, which I found particularly appealing in the snowy scenes, really accentuate the emotional impact of the story, whether that be Lily's fear of the Paper Man, or her delight in a snowy day. All in all, Lily and the Paper Man - published by the woman-owned feminist publisher, Second Story Press - is a wonderful book, one I would recommend to anyone looking for a good introduction, for younger children, to issues like hunger, homelessness, and fear of strangers. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 11, 2013 |
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. ( )
  zeebreez | Oct 13, 2011 |
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