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Apr 30, 2014
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Mom's Book Review: Maple

Mom's Book Review: Maple

MomSpeaker Jean Ladden recently ran across a picture book that does simultaneously celebrates nature, the process of growing up and introducing a new baby into a family. Here's her review of Maple by Lori Nichols, geared toward kids ages 2-5.

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.

Bucks County mom Jean Ladden spends way more time reading children's books than adult books, and that's just the way she likes it. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Chatham University and is currently raising a 1-year-old, working part-time at a neighborhood library and freelance writing. She loves to share new books as well as old via her blog, Jean's Book Reviews.

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