Title: Maple & Willow
Author: Lori Nichols
Illustrator: Lori Nichols
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, November 4, 2014
Topic: Sisters, Friendship, Nature
Age: 3 - 5
Opening: Maple and her little sister, Willow, were always together.
Summary: Nature loving sisters, Maple and Willow smooth over a rough patch in their friendship in their own unique way.
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Why I Like the Book:
The author illustrator captures sisterhood perfectly! Having younger sisters myself, I saw so much of myself and them in Maple and Willow. I cracked up when Maple came out of hiding to correct Willow’s counting. The sweet pencil illustrations wonderfully shows the relationship between sisters and siblings in general. Siblings play together, and learn from each other. Siblings argue, siblings fight, but most importantly, siblings love each other and at the end of the day, want need each other. This story shows young children how to appreciate their sibling’s similarities and differences in all of their interactions.