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Maple Hardcover – February 20, 2014

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PreS-Gr 1—Readers will fall in love with Maple, whose parents planted a tree in her honor when she was "still a whisper." Each page turn shows the child growing, playing, and seeking refuge under her leafy companion. She sometimes longs for the friendship of someone who can play with her ("The tree wasn't very good at throwing snowballs") and wonders if the tree feels the same way. One day, Maple is surprised to realize that there's a sapling growing next to her tree, and she soon discovers that a sibling of her very own is on the way. The crispness of Nichols's lush, leafy illustrations on each thick white page helps Maple's adventures around the little sapling stand out. This may be Nichols's debut picture book, but the only thing green about this effort is the perfect shade of a maple leaf. This is a fresh addition to the standard new sibling fare, and young naturalists will identify with Maple's adventurous and tender spirit.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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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. Grades K-3. --Ann Kelley

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (February 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039916085X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160851
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lori Nichols was born in Pennsylvania surrounded by maple trees and moss. For years she has looked to nature and her family for her inspiration. As a child she looked at everything from acorns to frogs and marveled. Lori's three girls have reminded her of those days, and she finds herself building on their own perceptions, ideas and drawings. Her creations manifest themselves in illustrations, stories, soft-sculptures and, in the spring, overflow from her studio into her garden.

Lori has been awarded first place in the 2014 SCBWI New York conference portfolio showcase as well as 1st runner in 2012 and 2013.

MAPLE is Lori's debut picture book with Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Reader.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cats In Space on February 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Before a little girl named Maple was born (“When she was still a whisper”), her parents planted a maple tree in her honor. As Maple grows, so does her tree. She loves to play with her tree, or simply watch its leaves dance. But Maple sometimes wishes she had someone else to play with. One day she is surprised to find a new tree growing…and a new baby on the way! Maple is going to be a big sister! And she will share with her sibling the joys of trees.

When I stumbled across this book at the store this week, I read it and had to buy it. I loved this story of the friendship between a girl and her tree. The pictures are cute and warm and green and show the joys of being outside. I especially like the illustrations of Maple lying under the tree, looking up through the green leaves. I thought the author was very creative to use the growing of a new tree as a symbol for an upcoming birth. This book takes the usual new sibling story and gives it a wonderful, leaf-twirling spin. Maple will make you smile and want to take her home with you, too.
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‘Maple’ written and nicely illustrated by Lori Nichols is a wonderful story about the changes and growing up, presented through the story of a young girl and a tree planted in honor of her birth.

When our main character Maple was tiny baby, her parents planted a maple tree. And as time passes by, the two maples will grow side by side, passing through the good and bad days, happiness and sadness.
And when Maple will grow up and learn much more about the children, her faithful silent tree friend will help her to go through delicate time for new baby in same way as the Maple and maple did together when they were both small…

Lori Nichols drew and wrote a lovely picture book with a great message about growing up and all the changes that time has on our thinking, behavior and emotions. Although when it comes to tree that cannot talk and be a classic buddy, Maple will find in her tree a loyal friend who will follow her through all the years of growing up, with whom she had never been alone.

The author nicely illustrated her picture book with the pictures of nature motives on a white background that will be extremely interesting to young readers from the third year onwards.

Therefore this is a picture book for all those parents who want to instill a love of nature to their children, explaining to them that although at first glance trees do not look alive and cannot run and play with children, they are loyal friends who will accompany us patiently through the long years of growing up. And due to things said above, this beautiful picture book with a wonderful message can certainly be recommended for reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By patricia whitcomb on March 30, 2014
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My daughter loved this book!!!! Her daughters name is Maple and they love reading it together. She had even planned on naming her next child Willow if a girl.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Liu on February 26, 2014
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MAPLE is a super sweet picture book about a curious and fun-loving girl who plays by a maple tree planted by her parents that grows alongside her. Maple is comforted and buoyed by her namesake tree and finds it especially helpful when a little sister comes into the picture.

The illustrations are as lovely as the story, including a simple, evocative line work, beautiful stamped leaf textures, and a very pleasing palette. This book is perfect for any nature lovers, families about to add a new sibling, or any child curious about the world around her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Pouncey on January 6, 2015
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This is a very cute book. The illustrations are simple but detailed and very pleasant to look at. This is a perfect book for my 6 year old daughter who is learning to read. This would be perfect for any little girl or boy who is expecting to be a big sibling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Someone in Alabama on February 23, 2014
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What a cute story! My boys, 5 & 4, love to be read to and enjoyed this story so much. My five year old wanted to help me read and this book is really great for his reading level. The illustrations are adorable. Highly recommended, especially for those parents trying to prepare a little one for a new brother or sister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on July 4, 2014
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I sent this book to my granddaughter who is expecting her second child. While i have not seen the book, reports are that Maple seems to be helping her two and a half year old understand the new baby concept. Bravo Lori Nichols!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on May 18, 2014
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This is a sweet story of a little girl that in honor of her impending birth, her parents planted a maple tree in their backyard. Because it just seemed right, the little girl was named Maple and the two began to grow up together.

This little tree became her friend, they entertained each other and sometimes, the tree would dance just for her.

As time passed, a new little tree appeared; just about the same time, that Maple’s mother announced that Maple would become a big sister. Little Maple tried to be the best big sister that she could, she shared her toys and entertained her little sister. Sometimes, it is hard to give everything to a baby that they think they need. On those days, it is best to just sit under a tree and look up to see what the tree has in store for you.

Gorgeous illustrations enhance this simple story of happiness and positivity that are so necessary to young children. This book is a shelf keeper that will one day have your young ones asking for their own adventures under their very own tree.

A follow up to this books - Maple and Willow Together and Maple and Willow Apart
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