Maple loves her name and she loves the tree that her parents planted when she was born. Her tree grows with her and it's the perfect friend, inspiring her to imagine, play, and just dream. Sometimes Maple feels a little lonely, but she always comes back to her tree through autumn, winter, and in spring. To her delight, something new is added in spring; another tree! Maple is thrilled with the new tree and her new baby sister, but sometimes it's hard to play with a baby. Then Maple realizes that there is something she can always share with baby Willow; her tree! The trees and girls look forward to growing together and end happily sharing their trees.
The pictures have the same simple joy and peace of the story. Maple is a delightful little girl who joyfully experiences each season with her tree. Her simple expressions, from wonder to disappointment, are artfully expressed. The tree motif is recreated in each page, from images of the growing tree to leaf rubbings and prints stamped on the background.
Verdict: This is a perfect book to celebrate the seasons or introduce a child to a new sibling. It's also a gentle reminder that there's nothing wrong with simply enjoying nature and a little solitude. I'm very happy to look forward to more books about Maple and Willow. Highly recommended.
ISBN: 9780399160851; Published 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to the library order list.