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Jacketed Hardback
Publication Date: 2/8/22
Ages 3-7
$18.00 (discounts vary)

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Apple and Magnolia

Apple and Magnolia is a Kirkus Best Books of 2022 Selection

Britta visits her two favorite trees, Apple and Magnolia, every day. Though she can’t explain it, she’s sure they are best friends! Then one day, Magnolia’s branches start to droop. Is there anything Britta—or Apple—can do to help? After all, unusual friendships can be the most powerful of all.

With a lyrical story and vibrant art, Apple and Magnolia unveils the extraordinary connections between trees and the wondrous bonds between all living things. The book includes an author’s note offering facts about how trees communicate with one another. A downloadable discussion and activity guide is available at


Apple and Magnolia is a Kirkus Best Books of 2022 Selection

“Nana’s assertions about the power of ‘unusual friendships’ encourage readers to consider this heartwarming tale in both literal and figurative ways. . . . What’s not to love about this endearing and effervescent picture book?” 

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Emotive, whimsical illustrations reminiscent of children’s drawings enliven this story about the power of friendship.” 

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“Beautifully told and illustrated, this book is a gem on many levels. The relationship with wise Nana illustrates the importance of intergenerational stories; Britta’s determination shows how strong girls can be, and it shows that we all have an impact on the natural world.” 

School Library Journal (starred review)

“Illustrator Patricia Metola brings a delightful crayon-like innocence to her sophisticated skill with color schemes, layout, and transmission of feelings. . . . Apple and Magnolia stands out as a loving way to convey to three-to-seven year olds that unusual friendships have the power to see us through.”

 —Spirituality & Practice

“A sweet story about how love makes a difference, Britta's father and sister are naysayers, but Britta soldiers on and believes in the power of friendship. The text is lyrical and the whimsical illustrations are darling.” 

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