Celebrating imagination and inventive play, Lori Nichols’ follow-up to Maple perfectly captures the dynamics of siblings and their ability to figure things out on their own and find a way to meet halfway. Maple and Willow do everything together. They love playing outside throughout the whole year, welcoming the sun, rain, leaves, and snow. But it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, because sometimes big sisters can be bossy—and sometimes little sisters can be frustrating—and even the best of friends need a break from each other . . . at least until they can no longer bear to be apart.
I have two young daughters, and this book is about a pair of sisters, so it got some bonus points with me. The story itself is a bit bland, but the illustrations are sweet. I wouldn't be very interested in reading this book often, but I could see it being useful once in a while when my girls are having a difficult time getting along.
Maple and Willow are two sisters who adore each other and spending time together, that is until they have a fight that starts with dandelions. The illustrations are adorable and sweetly show the sister camaraderie, and the message that sisterly love is more important than any one disagreement is highly enjoyable and realistic. I particularly appreciated that in the end, the older sister ends up doing it the younger sister's way, showing that it doesn't always have to be a power play.
Lori Nichols (www.lorinichols.com) spent her childhood in northwestern Pennsylvania, surrounded by maple trees. As she grew, so did her appreciation of trees and nature. Her books about nature-loving sisters Maple and Willow spring from this love, and the New York Times Book Review called them “utterly charming.” Lori now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three free-spirited daughters. Many days you can find Lori and her family under their maple tree, swinging in hammocks, playing kickball or just being loud.
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