Hardcover Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
Price: USD 15.67
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.2
AR 2.6 LG .5 165586EN; LEX AD500L


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"A nature-loving little girl's favorite playmate is her maple tree, until the day she's surprised with a baby sister"--Provided by publisher.

From the Publisher
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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-399-16085-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-399-16085-1
  • LCCN: 2013-013715
  • Follett Number: 0761EL5
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.6
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 165586EN
  • Lexile: AD500L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 01/01/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 12/15/13
  • New York Times, 06/15/14
  • Publishers Weekly, 11/18/13
  • School Library Journal starred, 01/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (January 1, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 9))
Grades K-3. When she was still in her mother’s belly, Maple’s parents planted a maple sapling in her honor. As the tree grew, so did the girl. Maple, who could be loud at times, sang songs to her tree, swayed around it, and even, sometimes, pretended to be a tree. Seasons passed, and through strong winds and falling snow, “Maple and her tree still had each other.” Then things changed. A tiny wisp of a willow tree is planted, just as Maple’s mother is about to give birth again. Turns out the noisy baby, Willow, is just as enchanted by the maple tree’s shifting leaves as her older sister. This sweet story about seasons of change and love in different forms reads like a wistful recollection of childhood. Nichols is a talented debut author and illustrator: her voice is quiet and unique, and her pencil-on-Mylar illustrations, digitally colored, are similarly both nostalgic and fresh in feel. Share with siblings-to-be and, of course, anyone named Hazel or Juniper.

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