Picture Book Review: Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes by Jef Aerts
Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
by Jef Aerts, Sanne te Loo (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars


Adin and Dina are best friends “like twin cherries on the same stem”. They love to climb the cherry trees on the family fruit farm and pick cherries together. When Adin’s family moves away to the big city, the two friends start to plant cherry pits along the road, and in the spring the cherry blossoms create a trail leading the two friends back to one another.

This is such a sweet book about friendship and loyalty. I just love how close Adin and Dina are. They like doing everything together and can almost read each other’s thoughts. Such a precious friendship! I love how this book deals with loneliness and disappointment in such a healthy way. The two friends are separated, but they still can remain connected. A beautiful story!

The illustrations are truly special. Such gorgeous colors and soft lines! The artwork is so delicate and enchanting. The scenery of the fruit farm and the beautiful cherry blossoms is absolutely exquisite. Even the setting in the city has a kind of urban charm.

The changing of the seasons throughout the story really gives a strong feeling of the passing of time, and that is all due to the artwork with the falling leaves, and snow, and budding trees in each season. Even the quality of the light changes through the seasons, so that each season has its own color scheme.

I’m so impressed with the artwork and the beautiful story! This book is truly a masterpiece in children’s literature.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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