Maple & Willow Apart (Hardcover)
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Funny, relatable sibling dynamics make this story a wonderful way to address navigating big changes. Lori Nichols’s expressive artwork beautifully portrays Maple and Willow’s strong bond, and children will love the creative, kid-powered solution.
Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart.
About the Author
Lori Nichols (www.lorinichols.com) also wrote and illustrated the award-winning Maple and Maple & Willow Together. She spent her childhood in northwestern Pennsylvania picking up acorns, playing rock school and befriending bugs. She now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three free-spirited daughters. Many days you can find Lori and her family climbing trees or collecting discarded birds’ nests. She still picks up acorns.
* “Nichols’ pencil and digitally colored illustrations perfectly convey just how close Maple and Willow are . . . [and] keep the focus on the girls and their relationship. . . . Ideal for sharing with sibling pairs about to be parted by the first day of school.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Emphasizes the change of seasons through an accessible child-centered perspective. . . . Illustrations enhance the sweet girls’ interactions. . . . Fall into this lovely addition as sisters adjust to the excitement and the changes of a new year ahead.”—School Library Journal
“The playful pastel-and-line artwork, with backgrounds of autumnal trees, is as adorable as ever. . . . The happy ending is expected—sisterhood forever!—but is satisfying nonetheless.”—Booklist