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Paper Planes

Written by Jim Helmore and illustrated by Richard Jones
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What's Paper Planes About

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A compassionate and lyrical story of staying in touch after a friend has moved away.

Mia and Ben are the very best of friends. They live side by side at the edge of a great, wide lake. Together they sail, swing, and sing. But what they love doing most of all is making paper planes. They dream of one day being able to make a plane that can fly all the way across the lake! But Ben has terrible news: he and his family are moving far away. How are Mia and Ben going to stay best friends if they’re going to be so far apart? And will flying paper planes ever be the same again without Ben?

From the author and illustrator team who gave readers The Snow Lion, gorgeous illustrations accompany a gentle story about long-distance friendship that is filled with magic and imagination.

What Kind of Book is Paper Planes

Quotes from Paper Planes

  • "But what they loved doing most of all was making planes."
  • "And they would always stay friends. For now, not even an ocean could keep them apart."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Even though Mia and Ben are separated by distance, they maintain their friendship through correspondence. Is there someone to whom your young reader could write and send a letter or package?

  • In a moment of feeling lonely, hurt, and angry, Mia breaks her plane. Talk with your child about how she might have regretted that decision and what could be better ways to express and manage strong emotions.

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Who Wrote Paper Planes

Jim Helmore

Jim Helmore has written several picture books. He works in the licensing industry and loves to grow vegetables in his spare time. He lives in England.

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Who Illustrated Paper Planes

Richard Jones

Richard Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the creative arts with a PhD in graphic communication. In his spare time, Richard enjoys bobbing about in the sea, feeding the cat, and licorice. He lives in England.

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Richard Jones's Book Dedication

For Toby

Jim Helmore's Book Dedication

For Phoebe, Émile, and Evan

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
March 1, 2020
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were rendered in paint and edited in Adobe Photoshop.