Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols - ESSENTIAL

Nichols, Lori  Maple and Willow Apart  Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015 (Penguin).  $16.99  PICTURE BOOK Content: G.  

Maple has started kindergarten, so when her little sister Willow is at home alone she has to use her imagination.  Willow befriends an acorn, names him Pip and has her own adventures with him.  All the while when Maple comes home from school she tells Willow all the fun she had at school.  By the end of the week, Maple admits to Willow that she misses being home with her and Willow shares Pip so Maple can take him to school with her.   

This is a heartwarming look at what it’s like for siblings when they are separated when school starts.  The illustrations are adorable and the characters are endearing.  It has a great message and would be a good way to help little ones explain their feelings about being separated from each other.   

PREK, EL (K-3)-ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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