Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time for some not so scary stories.
One of my new favorites is a book I picked up this last summer at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA: “Maple” written and illustrated by Lori Nichols.
The story starts out with, “Maple loved her name. When she was still a whisper, her parents planted a tiny tree in her honor!”
The story unfolds with Lori’s beautiful illustrations and we watch Maple grow with her tree. Maple always has a playmate in her tree, even if she isn’t always the best of playmates, sometimes she a bit loud, but she does take care of her tree. Then, something wonderful happens, Maple gets a little sister, Willow. Maple learns that babies cry and demand attention. But, Maple and her tree know just what to do.
The illustrations are amazing and will quickly spark the imagination in your child. I recommend “Maple” and “Maple and Willow”. These books will become treasures to pass down.