Sunday, June 8, 2014

PICTURE BOOK - Maple - Lori Nichols

Illustrated by the author
2014 Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
HC $16.99
32 pages
Goodreads rating: 4.25
My rating: 4/Delightful
Endpapers:  pale lime green with pale white drawings of leaves, trowels, watering cans, sprouts; rear end papers the same except light blue
Title Page: single page, facing white; top and bottom large maple leaves, title in cursive brown.
Illustrations: "Pencil on mylar, then digitally colored."  The girl's face is nicely expressive.
1st line: Maple loved her name.  When she was still a whisper, her parents planted a tiny tree in her honor!"

My comments:  I was looking for new picture books at the library and grabbed this one for two reasons - I love books about tress, and because all the others appeared to be anthropomorphic...which aren't my favorites.  It was really cute, and quite joyous.  And - it's a wonderful book for a child that's about to have a new baby join the family.

Goodreads:  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.

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