Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree

illus. by Lori Nichols.32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399167560.
PreS-Gr 2—The fourth book featuring charming young sisters Maple and Willow is set at Christmas, when the excitement of getting a real tree for the first time is eclipsed by Maple's immediate allergic reaction to it. Both girls are sad when they have to put the tree outside as a result. After an exchange of words during which feelings are hurt, Willow gets creative and surprises Maple with a decorated ladder "tree." Cheerful pastel pencil drawings with plenty of white space appropriately capture the snowy season.
VERDICT Simple yet satisfying, this story of sibling thoughtfulness and surprise successfully evokes the holiday spirit.

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