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The Plan

Alison Paul, Barbara Lehman (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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As a father and daughter cope with a loss, they rediscover an important piece of family history and begin building a new life. Alison Paul and Barbara Lehman's innovative picture book collaboration proves the only difference between reality and a dream . . . is a plan.   

Praise For The Plan

* "Ultimately, hearts will soar with the characters as they fly away in their lovingly restored plane."
Booklist, starred review

* "Warmhearted and joyful."
Kirkus, starred review

* "This lovely story blends a sense of rootedness with the spirit of exploration—a rare combination."
Publishers Weely, starred review

"In this cleverly crafted story, a single word changes by a single letter (added, subtracted, or changed) to move the story along in the next frame or page...the changing words are cunningly developed, and audiences will enjoy guessing what might come next."

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544283336, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

About the Author

Alison Paul was born on a Halloween morning. (Her parents are still wonder whether she was a trick or a treat.) She grew up in sunny California and lived a comfortable, snow-free existence until attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in Providence and is an art professor at the University of Connecticut.

Barbara Lehman has illustrated many books for children, including The Red Book, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 2005. Born in Chicago, Barbara attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a BFA in communication design. A full-time illustrator, Barbara says, “Books and art have always held the strongest attraction for me. I have always felt drawn to ‘commercial art’ because of its ability to reach many people. I like the idea of being part of the media in a meaningful and thoughtful way, especially with children as the audience.” She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Visit her website at