Some friends are more than friends.
They grow like twin cherries from the same stem.
" Aerts’ story resonates honestly and clearly with reassurance that friendship can weather changes and bridge distances. Memorable and visually rich." Kirkus Magazine Starred Review
"It is not a wish that connects two friends but something gloriously tangible in "Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes." The Wall Street Journal.
'A beautiful story with equally beautiful illustrations. Youth Services Book review. Starred Review.
'The ultimate picturebook for the summer holidays - and forever.' ***** De Volkskrant
‘Trust, magic and dreams, Jef Aerts and Sanne te Loo invite you in this magnificent picture book to embrace it!' Bookwijzer.com
'Aerts has the ability to make emotions glow beneath his words.' Kinderboekenpraatjes.nl
'A wonderful book about friendship close and far away!’ De Leesclub van Alles
The original story in Dutch, Kersenhemel, was awarded a 'Vlag en Wimpel' from the Griffel Jury in June 2018.
The English translation Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes was published by Floris Books in Spring 2019 in the UK.
United States: January 2020.
Translated by Polly Lawson.
Italian translation rights are sold to Camelozampa (publication June 2021). Translation: Anna Patrucco Becchi