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Funny, relatable sibling dynamics make this story a wonderful way to address navigating big changes. Lori Nichols’s expressive artwork beautifully portrays Maple and Willow’s strong bond, and children will love the creative, kid-powered solution. Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well,Funny, relatable sibling dynamics make this story a wonderful way to address navigating big changes. Lori Nichols’s expressive artwork beautifully portrays Maple and Willow’s strong bond, and children will love the creative, kid-powered solution. Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart....

Title : Maple & Willow Apart
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ISBN : 9780399167539
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Maple & Willow Apart Reviews

  • Sheri
    2019-02-04 15:47

    Friends remember each other even when they can't be together. Maple and Willow find a way to stay connected while Maple is at school and Willow remains at home. These two sisters have such a special bond. After reading this story, I'm thinking of my own friendships and wishing everyone much happiness!

  • Julie
    2019-02-11 20:40

    Are you KIDDING me with the cuteness of the Maple and Willow books??!!!! My goodness, this one is a keeper.

  • Tina
    2019-02-08 21:37

    It's hard to believe I'm saying this but this one is even cuter than the first! Again, my heart!

  • Venus
    2019-02-18 17:54

    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumIt'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.

  • Tasha
    2019-02-07 18:53

    Maple and Willow love playing together but what is going to happen when Maple goes off to kindergarten for the first time. On the first day, Maple came back from school and talked all about it. Willow had spent her day with a new friend, Pip, a friendly acorn she met. The next day Willow explored outside and Maple once again had lots of stories about her day when she returned home. Each day, Maple has stories about school but Willow also has stories about her day with Pip and all of the things they did together. Soon Maple is rather regretful about heading off to school, but the girls soon figure out a way that their days can still keep them in touch with one another.This third book about Maple and her sister Willow delicately captures the experience of both the sister being left behind at home and the sister going off to school. There is the excitement of a new adventure for the older sister, the feeling of abandonment for the younger. There is the pull of wanting to be together for both of them, especially when the games at home seem so much fun. Nichols nicely figures out a way that works perfectly in the story for the girls to be connected and for their stories and experiences to continue on together in unison. The art in all of the Maple and Willow books shines. Done in pencil on Mylar and digitally colored, the illustrations have a lightness that is captivating. The use of big colorful maple leaves is also very effective, and adds a distinct fall flavor to the entire read. A great pick for families with children heading off to school for the first time and also for those left behind too. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-29 17:38

    I just love this series. I adore watching Maple grow up and loving her little sister Willow. This time, Maple is taking a giant step and going to big-girl school. Willow just does not know what to do with her time since home is not the same without Maple to play with. When Maple returns from her first day with stories of her teacher and class, Willow decides that she will not be outdone and tells of her new friend Pip - where they met and what they did. This piqued Maple’s curiosity. How could her little sister have fun and a new friend without her? Willow did not intend to hurt her sister’s feeling; she just wanted to have her own adventure. In the end, she gave her sister the best gift of all. Now the two will never truly be apart.Lori Nichols always tells such wonderful stories of love and kindness in her Maple books. The two sisters have created their own world of friendship and have created adventures with nature in their own backyard.

  • Matthew
    2019-02-17 19:47

    Two sisters who have trouble being apart find a way to maintain their bond despite one going off to school while the other has to stay behind. This is a nice story of sibling bonds that are tested by growing up, and how they overcome them.

  • KC
    2019-02-02 20:50

    I love this series of two sisters...

  • June
    2019-02-01 19:36

    As the youngest sibling, I was touched by this story of a younger sister adjusting to her older sister starting kindergarten.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-09 22:48

    Close siblings adjust to separation when older one goes off to kindergarten.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-02-18 19:37

    I will always read the Maple and Willow stories for their gorgeous illustrations.Another sweet sibling story from Lori Nichols.

  • Jasmine (jasmine_reads)
    2019-02-17 22:45

    When Maple starts Kindergarten, Willow has to stay at home and find other ways to occupy her time while she's missing her big sister. When Maple comes home, all she wants to do is talk about what she did at school, so Willow tells her about her new friend 'Pip' (who is actually imaginary). Both sisters miss each other throughout the day and eventually find ways to still think of one another while separated.These Maple stories are so heart-warming and remind me how lucky I am to have a big sister. Willow, like Maple, is very imaginative and I love how her imaginary friend Pip is actually inspired by an acorn - again, keeping the whole friendship-with-nature theme alive and thriving in this third installment of the Maple series. This story is very real and accessible for kids with brothers or sisters - from Maple's excitement over starting school to the girls being jealous of one another's lives away from each other when they actually just miss spending time together. When Maple was sad over the fact that 'Pip' taught Willow how to ride her bike, it totally got me in the feels!!!

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-10 22:44

    The Maple and Willow books are so adorable. Cute illustrations. Real life situations. Tenderly and sweetly done. Fun to see this story after sending my stepdaughter off to kindergarten. If her brother were one year older the two of them might really get this book even more. As it is, she might still enjoy it. Maybe. But I am done with finding more lesson-y books and wanting to just have some fun ones for now. Besides, the Maple books were just for me right now to see their story continued.

  • Lynda
    2019-01-26 19:31

    My preschooler loves the Maple & Willow series. “This book is fun but also a little sad cause the little sister is left behind and pretends an acorn is a child & her friend. I wish the writer would write more about Maple & Willow.”

  • Tatiana
    2019-02-12 15:31

    For two sisters who have been inseparable, through good and bad, a simple change can be more than simple. Maple goes to kindergarten, leaving Willow on her own. She develops an imaginary friend to make her sister jealous, but all works out in the end. Very sweet. I love this series!

  • Heather Jo
    2019-02-06 17:49

    megan winter reading 2017, children's book, picture book, siblings, separation, imagination, school, sisters, cute, bond, prek, kindergarten, first grade, second grade,

  • Tima
    2019-01-20 20:53

    Maple and Willow love playing together. But they must make the most of their play time together, because Maple starts school on Monday. Willow misses her sister while she is gone. So she makes a new friend named Pip. Maple returns from school excited and full of stories. So Willow tells her sister all about Pip and the fun that they have had all day. Maple soon becomes jealous of Willow's new friend. Thankfully Pip has a large family and Willow is willing to share.The story is told with the younger sister's point of view in mind. The illustrations bring the words alive and help show the reader what is happening. Children will be able to relate to the two sisters and the feelings they are experiencing. The book would be a perfect fit for young children who are experiencing school for the first time or their siblings who are experiencing the loneliness of being left behind. It would also make an excellent addition to a school library. The bright, colorful illustrations and whimsical plot lines will make this book a favorite with young readers and parents alike.I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.

  • Bailey Geise
    2019-02-15 23:41

    Nichols, L. (2015). Maple & Willow apart. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).Maple and Willow are two sister that are never apart. But the time comes for Maple to begin Kindergarten and Willow must stay behind. Everyday, Maple comes home from school with exciting stories about her day and Willow begins to feel a bit left out. So while Maple is away at school, Willow finds a new friend to play with named Pip. Only Pip is an acorn that Willow imagines is her friend. When Maple comes home from school, Willow now has exciting stories to share with her sister about the adventures she had that day with Pip. When Maple becomes sad that Willow is doing things without her so the two sisters decide to share Pip.Activity: Have students draw a picture of an imaginary friend they may have had as a child and include a story about something they did together. If they didn't have one, have them create one and make up a story about things they might like to do with their imaginary friend. They can then share this with the class.

  • Margie
    2019-02-13 23:42

    Book characters can find a permanent place in your heart. They are as real to you as your neighbors, best friends or family. When they appear in companion titles you can feel your spirit soar because you enjoy their company. These characters look at life as readers do or as readers wish they could. They inspire us to pause and ponder trying to be our best selves. Maple & Willow Apart (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), July 21, 2015) written and illustrated by Lori Nichols is the third title about these sisters began in Maple (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), February 20, 2014) and continued in Maple & Willow Together (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), November 4, 2014). It's a joy to watch their friendship grow stronger as they get older.My full recommendation:

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-01-23 22:31

    a little sister finds herself bored and lonely when her elder sister starts attending kindergarten. Everything Maple describes seems so interesting, and all Maple has is the yard and acorns and...and Pip! Her new best friend, who lives in the trees! Soon, MAPLE is the jealous one, wishing she had her own Pip-friend to play with at school.A great little story for any pair of siblings who are trying to adjust to being so close in age, but so far apart in what they can actually do. Maple and Willow never get jealous or act badly. They're both living life to the fullest they can. It's just they find different ways of getting by.This would be a nice read on a kindergarten "bring your sibling to school" trip. Show each other that you can try out being on your own, and still be there for one another. And still form new and exciting friendship!

  • Sandra Guerfi
    2019-02-10 15:41

    Maple and Willow have spent all summer together and it's been great but school has started and Maple begins kindergarten and enters a fascinating world of new experiences and friends. While Maple's at school Willow is all alone and things just aren't the same. Until the day she meets Pip. Maple tells about her school adventures and Willow talks about her days with Pip. But something's wrong. Maple starts to feel left out and when Pip teaches Willow to ride on a huge snail, things come to a head. But Willow has a great idea, one that will let the sisters continue to share their best times even when they aren't together. Loved this book, sweet with a great imaginative look at a child's invisible friend situation and willingness to share.

  • Desiree
    2019-01-23 15:48

    Maple and Willow are sisters who spend the summer days playing, exploring, and imagining great things. When summer ends Maple goes off to explore the new exciting world of Kindergarten, while Willow stays home. Everyday Maple comes home and shares the wonderful things she's learning in kindergarten. Willow, not to be out done by her sister, tells Maple all about the new friends she's making in the forest behind their house. This is a great story for younger siblings that might be experiencing some separation anxiety when their older brother or sister goes off to school for the first time.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-01 18:31

    Maple and Willow enjoyed playing together. Then one day Maple went to school and Willow was lonely. Maple came home and talked and talked and talked about school. Willow was lonelier and sadder too. So Willow had to make a new friend. She made a friend named Pip who lived in an oak tree. Pip was afraid of squirrels. Willow and Pip had so much fun, she wasn’t sad or lonely anymore. Maple wished she had a friend like Pip too. So Willow let Maple take Pip to school with her in her pocket. After all Pip had lots of cousins!

  • Tracey
    2019-01-30 18:50

    First there was just Maple, and then Maple and Willow together. Now it is time for Maple to go to big-girl school, and Willow is left behind. When Maple comes home with stories of her adventures at school, Willow tries to counter with tales of her own exploits. In reality, she just wishes Maple were home, but Maple, well, she is having too much fun even to think of Willow. Right? A sweet story about the younger siblings left behind.Original post on

  • Becky B
    2019-02-14 17:41

    It's time for Maple to go off to school. Willow and Maple both have to learn how to handle spending their days away from each other. Willow finds new ways to spend her time, and Maple enjoys the wonders of school. But they are still the best of friends.A sweet story about handling changes and great addition to this growing series. Only one small issue, I'm a bit dubious of a preschooler or even kindergartner using Pig Latin (since you have to have a good grasp of phonics and even spelling to know how to use it), but that was a small issue.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-07 17:43

    Sisters Maple and Willow adjust to spending days apart when Maple begins attending school.I love the infusion of imagination into these realistic picture books. The author clearly knows her characters and they behave in ways readers will relate to. The problem and solution are solid and satisfying.Pencil illustrations finished digitally leave readers craving more. I especially loved the pages framed in close-ups of autumn leaves.PreK-2.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-02 23:40

    Oh, the pain of separation when the older sibling goes off to school and the little one is left home!The maple tree seemed to dominate, and the other featured tree doesn't remind me of a willow...I wonder if we will see a lot more episodes of these two sisters as they grow and learn about the world?

  • Jana
    2019-02-09 18:38

    This is another awesome installment in the Maple and Willow picture book series. Maple is old enough to start kindergarten, but Willow is lonesome playing by herself. Watching how these close sisters deal with this new circumstance is really heartwarming and adorable. I love the illustrations in this book, too.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-17 18:31

    Maple and Willow Apart is just as sweet and precious as the first in the series, Maple. I love the relationship between the sisters. I have two daughters who went through similar withdrawals when one remained at home. To see this out into a picture book is too sweet. This series is moving up our list of favorites.

  • Laura
    2019-02-18 21:49

    Maple & Willow are sisters who enjoy playing together. When Maple starts school for the first time, they have to adjust. Maple is excited about school and loves to tell Willow about her day. Willow responds by telling Maple about her adventures with her new friend, Pip. However, Pip is an imaginary friend.