Alison James

Maple & Rosemary

illustrations by Jennifer K. Mann
Published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday house
Due February 28, 2022

For the longest time, Maple was on her ownignored 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. 


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.   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.


Special gift with pre-order!

Anyone who orders Maple & Rosemary in advance may receive a special gift, made by the author. Choose either a ribbon necklace with an iridescent maple tree, or a cord necklace (bracelet) with a silver maple leaf charm, wrapped in a tiny Maple & Rosemary box. This way, you have something to keep you company while you await the book.

Gifts are available in person at some bookstores, including the Flying Pig in Shelburne, VT!

If you order the book online, the author will ship a gift to you personally. Please indicate on the order form where you would like the gift sent! If you order from Amazon or another large seller, send the confirmation receipt to [] with your mailing address.

Illustrations by Jennifer K. Mann