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An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend Bongo help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250043221
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Santoso, Charles - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Wish tree


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JCLChrisK Feb 15, 2018

A simple and graceful narration with an excellent balance of wisdom, humor, tension, and poignancy that wasn't quite as emotionally evocative for me as I might have hoped. Should have wide appeal in a variety of settings.

SPPL_YouthServices Jan 30, 2018

A 218 year old tree is the narrator of this story about friendship, community, tolerance and magic. Samar and her Muslim family feel unwelcome in their new neighborhood. The tree that once comforted her now has an ugly word carved into it: LEAVE. Find out if a wise old tree and its furry and feathered inhabitants can bring this community together. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Jan 21, 2018

This was sweet, but I can't picture kids lining up to read it. I think it would make a good classroom read-aloud about tolerance and kindness.

Jan 09, 2018

Wishtree is a beautifully written book about acceptance of those different than ourselves. Told from the viewpoint of a very old tree, this simply told story gently prods the reader to think and to not make assumptions about other people. It is appropriate for young elementary students to adults. I very highly recommend this book.

JCLAllisonD Nov 12, 2017

This would make a great teacher read aloud for any classroom. It's simple prose makes the message even more profound.

cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 07, 2017

A beautifully told story about inclusion and acceptance. The idea of using a tree as the narrator for this story is inspired. I found myself thinking about all the times that it has seen this situation play out with different labels attached to the people involved. The time for this book is absolutely now.

katbee Oct 26, 2017

I picked up this book because I think talking trees are great, but I never expected this beautiful and sweet story! It has humor but mostly it makes you think. It is a great story of acceptance that is important for our current society. It is very quick to read and I think the writing is suitable for young elementary school readers, adults and everyone in between.

samcmar Sep 03, 2017

Katherine Applegate is a household name in middle grade fiction when it comes to writing emotionally charged stories that linger with you long after reading. Much like The One and Only Ivan, Wishtree is one of those stories that seems simple on the surface, but offers so much more below the surface.

This story is about a tree named Red, who is the neighbourhood 'wishtree.' They are a large part of the community, with people in the area pinning their wishes on them, hoping they would come true. Not only does Applegate give us the stories of all the neighbourhood residents, but we see this all through Red's perspective, with our tree offering their opinion, sympathy and kindness.

I also want to point out how much I learned about trees when reading this book. I didn't realize that trees are multigendered! I also loved learning about their growth as well. It seems appropriate that Red doesn't have a gender construct given how all-knowing they are. I also liked Red's friendship with Bongo the crow, and how they would watch the neighbours, trying to understand their wishes.

This is a book was difference and a community coming together. Given the fear of 'others' that exists in the world right now, this story shows multiculturalism in a way that shows difference, but how people should be better to one another. The families in this story all want what is best for themselves, but they also wish to help others. It's a good message, and for those who love stories from a more unique prespective, look no further than Wishtree.


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