Spoiler alert: This book has a happy ending. But, that didn't stop me from crying almost the whole way through. Educational---nature and a lot of nature terminology is introduced in a fun and alive way--and telling a story that is as contemporary today as it would have been 100-200 or more years ago. This is by far the best children's book I have ever had the delight of reading, rereading and soon to be purchasing for all the children in my life. The long life of Red, a red oak tree, of course....and a story of how he was almost destroyed by racism and hate and how those sentiments were reversed by the love that saved his life. Thank you Katherine Applegate.