Whoopee! It’s the first Perfect Picture Book Friday of 2015!
Isn’t it wonderful to look forward to all the books we’re going to share this year? Think of all the new titles that will come out! Sadly, mine will not be one of them, as it has been pushed back to Summer 2016, but that just gives me something special to look forward to next year 🙂
I have a lovely book to share today, one that those of you who have just spent a couple weeks with all your kids home for the holidays may find especially appropriate 🙂
Title: Maple & Willow Together
Written & Illustrated By: Lori Nichols
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, November 2014, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: sibling relationships, family, fighting/making up
Opening: “Maple and her little sister, Willow, were always together. It was hard to remember a time when the girls weren’t together. In fact, their parents even wondered if the girls had their own language. And in a way, they did.“
Brief Synopsis: Maple and Willow do everything together, which works out just fine most of the time. But sometimes big sisters can be bossy, and sometimes little sisters want to do things their own way, and sometimes that leads to trouble. In the end, though, Maple and Willow would rather be together than apart 🙂
Why I Like This Book: Although Joanna beat me to reviewing Maple for PPBF, I am a huge fan. This book is the sequel, and it’s equally sweet and touching – a spot-on glimpse of sibling relationships. The description and depiction of Maple and Willow’s time together is lovely and evocative – very true to childhood. When they inevitably get into a fight (because really, would you believe a sibling relationship where they never fought? :)) their anger and hurt are clear. But it doesn’t take much time apart before they’re longing for each other’s company again, the fight over and forgotten. For any child who has a sibling, this is a nicely done reminder that arguments are normal, that it’s okay to be mad sometimes, and that ultimately it’s wonderful to have a sibling to be with. (P.S. I just realized that Joanna also beat me to reviewing this one, so apologies for duplicating!)
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂