Posted by Venus on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Release Date: July 21, 2015
It's been a good run, but now Maple and Willow are going to have to part, for Maple is going to be going to school and Willow must stay behind. Of course, when Maple comes home with all kinds of stories from school, it is little Willows that begins to feel left out. Of course, Maple loves school, but she must admit that she does miss her little sister just a little bit. Together they find a way where they can be together even when they are apart.
Not having ever been a mother of preschoolers or new-to-schoolers, I must rely heavily on the experiences of my friends who have had this experience and it seems to be a universal truth that the younger ones never quite understand when their older siblings head off for school. Never mind that they have had all summer to play together and their absence is greatly felt, but there is also a bit of envy. After all, their siblings come home with things like homework and crafts and stories. They are learning all kinds of things and I am sure that a little one, especially if the children were close in age, would not quite understand.
I can't recall having ever read a back-to-school book that was about two siblings missing one another. Perhaps they exist, but in all those many many back-to-school books the focus seems to be on the child going to school and their many fears. I loved that this book was a twist on this concept and was still in keeping with the Maple & Willow series that Nichols has created.