For the longest time, Maple was on her own, ignored by the cedars and the pines. All she wanted was a friend she could talk to. Then one day, Rosemary climbs into her branches, sad and searching for a friend of her own. Together they form a bond as real as roots. When Rosemary goes away one day, Maple thinks that her only friend may be gone forever. Fortunately, Rosemary returns — with a special surprise to start off years growing old together.
Alison James’s spare, eloquent text is accompanied by luminous illustrations that capture the shifting seasons in all their glory, by Jennifer K. Mann, creator of the much-acclaimed picture book, The Camping Trip. Through the seasons and across a lifetime, Maple and Rosemary tells a story of true friendship, one in which the experiences we share become a part of who we are.
"The text varies in tone, by turns whimsical, didactic, and even dramatic — although still humorous — when the tree misses Rosemary: 'Maple wanted the winter to cover her with snow and never ever melt'.... Art, text, and layout successfully convey a sweet story of friendship that will comfort lonely or anxious children." — Kirkus Reviews
|4 - 8
|Jennifer K. Mann
|Feb 28, 2023
|Neal Porter Books