WISHTREE

by Katherine Applegate

Red, an oak tree on which people leave their wishes, is threatened to be cut down after more than 200 years.

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    • I still like to read aloud to my kiddos even though thy are fine to read this alone. I enjoy the books too! So, this is gonna be a good one! So far so good! I’ll update when we finish. It’s our bedtime reading so will take a couple nights to complete. However, also a great read for 2-3rd grade and up! It has short chapters and very pretty artwork.
    • This is a wonderful story about discrimination for readers in grades 4-6. It would also be a great book for a teacher to read to the class as a chapter book and discuss. It’s told from the perspective of a tree that observes what is happening in the neighborhood.
    • Another Katherine Applegate best! Wishtree tells a poignant tale of hoping, watching, knowing when to speak up, acceptance, friendship... told with the perfect blend of humor and seriousness. Delivers subtle yet powerful messages; so simplistic yet so necessary. Must read
    • Quick story with a powerful message for tweens and up. The story is told from the viewpoint of a 216 year old red maple, as he watches immigrant families come and go through the years. After someone left a message of hate carved in Red's trunk, he decides to take action, breaking every rule known to trees. There is a delightful cast of critters and one very smart crow, adding warmth and humor to the tale. Highly recommend for ages 10 and up.
    • I’ll be honest, I was doubtful that middle grade readers would retain interest in a book narrated by a “wise old tree.” Red is the antithesis of what you see in many action-packed middle grade stories: calm, cool, steady, stationary, quiet. Fortunately, the tree’s animal friends provide movement and comic relief, both with their antics and with their ridiculous self-naming systems (skunks, for example, name themselves after their favorite smells, resulting in monikers like FreshBakedBread.) The book’s human characters are more enigmatic. We only see small insights into their actions and motivations from Red’s stationary vantage point.Despite its unconventional narration, I found that my daughters remained riveted as we listened to Wishtree. I believe what makes this book shine is its accessibility. It has short chapters and the writing is straightforward. All levels of middle grade readers will be able to handle the writing and the themes, which focus on diversity, inclusion, kindness, and love. Exactly the themes our kids should be thinking and talking more about these days.There is one word in Wishtree, one very simple word, that brought both my husband and I to tears. I won’t tell you what it is. You’ll know it when you get there.