Lily and the Paper Man-ebook

By Rebecca Upjohn

Illustrated By Renné Benoit

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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. Lily is afraid of the man, but when the weather turns cold, she 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 cozy bed at night, she wonders how the Paper Man stays warm. Then Lily comes up with a wonderful idea – she’ll make him a gift of warm clothes.

Praise & Recognition

"Colorful unframed pictures, created in line and watercolor, juxtapose the ragged paper man on the sidewalk with Lily, her snug home, and her fun in the rain and snow. The compassionate, realistic story will involve preschoolers, who may recognize not only that the joy of stormy weather depends on having shelter but also that they can do something besides avert their eyes from someone else’s suffering."


"This sensitive, gentle tale with its bright, visceral illustrations is about homelessness and one child's reaction to the reality of it."

The Globe and Mail

"The book is neither saccharin nor preachy and avoids clichés, like one person can 'make a difference.'"


"Of course poverty and the other social ills that lead to homelessness can't be solved with one bag of clothes, but Upjohn's straightforward tale and Benoit's nicely unromantic illustrations give kids some ideas for practical action. The story's a good reminder that even in the post-holiday season, the world needs generosity and sympathy of spirit."

Toronto Star

"The sensitive text and matching illustrations blend well to create a story of making a positive difference in our world today."

CM Magazine

"The emotion and candor captured by this story are brought to life in Benoit’s soft yet bright watercolors."

Canadian Children's Book News
A thoughtful story of a child's initial encounter with the existence of poverty and homelessness. ForeWord Magazine

"This story is very moving. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy so that you can furtively wipe your teary eyes while reading this book to your child!"

Kidding Around Toronto

"A gentle story about the value of compassion."

Midwest Book Review

"Lily and the Paper Man is an absolutely charming winter tale that will warm your heart as the cold winds blow the October cold out and welcome the November freeze in... I would give it six stars if I could but for now I shall have to content myself with five...Hopefully it will inspire others to be just as kind and generous to those less fortunate as Lily was to the Paper Man."

Sarah's Stars

"Young readers will find much to discuss as they evaluate this thoughtful story of a small child’s initial encounter with the existence of poverty and homelessness. The realistic and detailed watercolor illustrations capture Lily’s emotional journey from fear to confusion to determined resolve to improve the life of the Paper Man, whose name, she learns, is Ray...Like Eve Bunting’s classic Fly Away Home, Lily’s story makes an excellent starting point for discussions of poverty and helping others, and the age of the main character and the gentle, brightly colored illustrations add to the appeal of this story for the very young, who, like Lily, may need adult help in voicing their concerns about injustices they notice in the world."

Foreword Magazine

"This tale is perfect for reminding children about helping those less fortunate than themselves."

The Chronicle Herald

"I fell in love with this book not only for the message but also the exquisite illustrations... I craved having a group of children to read this book to, to show them the illustrations, see the looks on their faces, hear their thoughts about the story."

Girlistic Online Magazine

ForeWord Book of the Year Award 2007 - Winner


Publication Date: September 1, 2007

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Picture Book, Children's Fiction

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 24

ISBN: 978-1-926920-52-8

Weight: 0

Rebecca Upjohn

About the Author

Rebecca Upjohn

Rebecca Upjohn has worked as an architectural photographer, sheep farmhand, bookstore helper, and more recently a writer and film producer for an independent short film for children called The Go Cart. Rebecca lives in Toronto with her husband, Don and their two sons, Harris and Emmett. The author of the picture books Lily and the Paper Man and Patrick’s Wish, she is interested in characters who reach out to help others. She divides her time between New Hampshire and Ontario.
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Renné Benoit

About the Illustrator

Renné Benoit

Renné Benoit has been drawing pictures since she could hold a crayon. She now works out of her home studio in Southern Ontario, where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and their dogs. Her recent work includes When-I-was-a-little-girl by Rachna Gilmore and Goodbye to Griffith Street by Marilynn Reynolds, which was shortlisted for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award, and won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2005.
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