Nancy Paulsen Books, February 20, 2014
What a wonderful story! Maple’s parents plant a tree for her when she is born, and the two friends grow up together. The friends enjoy all of the seasons together and enjoy the fact that Maple the girl is loud, while Maple the tree is, well, not. When Maple’s mommy has a baby, the story has an adorable parallel of a Maple tree sapling sprouting up through the soil. The two friends learn to enjoy their new baby sisters together.
Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.
When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.