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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  • This is the (gorgeous) Polish edition of #wishtree. Love watching this book's message spread. Photo by Instagram us… https://t.co/wJwh166Bac
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  • This week in our reading methods course we read Wishtree by @kaaauthor - we talked about teaching points in the boo… https://t.co/NLH1Z90eUb
  • Fifth Gr Ss are working with @Madcodance to use the elements of music and movement to express emotion from the book… https://t.co/GXW1UcoZSz
  • Review for Wishtree: Very meaningful book. https://t.co/JQGqA18Kid
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    What people are saying on Amazon (sample)

    • Great book
    • This book is easy and fast paced reading! Cute story, great for a children who are looking for a happy ending!
    • Payed a lot of extra money to get it shipped before my trip and didn't work. They keep my extra money and I traveled without the book.
    • 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.
    • Wonderful book that will make you appreciate trees more. It's a nice book to read aloud to your children and family.