Sisters Maple and Willow, named for the trees planted by their parents before each of their births, are in a terrible fight. Toys were walloped, shoves were shoved… can the two tots figure out how to have fun again? In her starred review, Ilene Cooper writes, “The story is delightfully recognizable,” and ” Children will feel all that the girls do: love, anger, and the happiness that comes with making up.” Lori Nichols’ Maple & Willow Together (Penguin) is out this week. (And be sure to catch Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan’s post from earlier this week, featuring Nichols’ debut, Maple.)
For some delightful behind-the-pages info and an interview with the author/illustrator herself alongside G. Brian Karas, Loren Long and Divya Srinivasan, don’t miss the free video archive of last month’s “From Inspiration to Illustration: The Art of Penguin Picture Books” webinar.