Monday, December 5, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree
by Lori Nichols

Flap Copy Description:
Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?

My Thoughts:
This lovely little picture book addresses a problem that many families experience during the holidays: An allergy to Christmas trees! (My own son, David, has an allergy to them, and while he can be around the sweet scent for a while, too much time is dangerous.) The delightful remedy that Willow discovers to deal with her sister Maple's allergy is both fun and whimsical, and could, in fact, be a real option to families struggling with this problem. Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree is a good reminder to all children that some people have real health issues when it comes to the holidays. I highly recommend this picture book to children aged 3-5 years. (It will be part of my holiday décor this year!)

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