1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781490683522.
PreS-Gr 2—When Maple was "still a whisper," her parents planted a tree in her honor, and "as Maple grew, so did her tree." This beautiful story about a young girl who shares her name with a beloved tree is delightful. Through the changing seasons and ultimately the arrival of Maple's brand new sibling, Willow, Maple and her tree face every difficulty together with optimism and determination. Stina Nielsen easily captures the essence of the story with light, melodic tones and flawless pacing that allows listeners a chance to absorb the message. Included on the CD are two versions of the story: one with accompanying page-turn signals to assist younger readers and one without.
VERDICT This enjoyable story will appeal to young nature lovers, those looking for books about welcoming a new addition to the family, or acceptance in general. Recommended for public library collections.

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