Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols

Maple, Lori Nichols' debut picture book as an author/illustrator, was a beautiful story about a nature-loving girl whose parents planted a maple tree in their backyard in honor of her birth. As Maple and the tree grow up together, she eventually comes to discover that she will be a big sister... to Willow. And a new tree is planted in the backyard.

In this lovely follow-up to Maple, Lori Nichols explores a different facet of growing up: experiencing the love and frustrations of sharing your life with a sibling. While most of the time Maple and Willow get along famously despite their differences, there are times when those differences cause conflict, and trouble brews under their deciduous trees.

Both the writing and the illustrations in Maple and Willow Together are done with a gentle, loving touch, and despite the inevitable conflict that tends to arise when growing up with a sibling, the overall message of this book is clear: the bonds of sibling love are stronger than our own selfish desires.

Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols
Expected Publication: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Primary
Disclosure: Book requested from publisher

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